published Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Chattanooga man pleads guilty in drunken driving death of friend

A 22-year-old Chattanooga man today pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in a drunken driving crash that killed his friend.

Robert Allen Atwood faces sentencing on May 6 for the homicide.

Chattanooga police arrived at the 4211 Tennessee Ave. crash scene at about 4:30 a.m. Dec. 4, 2011.

Atwood and his passenger, James Michael Travillian, had both been drinking, according to court records. Atwood’s blood alcohol level an hour and a half after the crash was .16, twice the legal limit to drive in Tennessee. He also had prescription drugs in his system.

Travillian’s level measured .22 at the time of death.

Atwood was driving his Camaro at a high speed on Tennessee Avenue when he lost control, left the roadway hitting a fence, three trees and two parked cars and then struck a house.

Travillian was ejected from the car during the crash. Medical workers pronounced him dead at the scene upon their arrival, according to court documents.

For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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