Drunk driver arrested with two small children in car

A drunk driver who had two kids in the car was arrested Tuesday night. Facing several serious charges, she remains behind bars this morning.

Kelly Boyer
Age: 28
Nashville, TN

At about 11:00 pm on July 20, officers began searching for the suspect’s vehicle after citizens called in to report the driver’s erratic behavior. Officers found the vehicle being driven on the wrong side of McEwen Drive near Mallory Lane. Its front bumper was missing, and other vehicle parts were being dragged from the vehicle’s undercarriage.

Officers stopped the car and determined that the driver, 28-year old Kelly Boyer, was impaired. Two children, ages 7 and 1, were found in the back seat.

Charged with DUI, Failure to Exercise Due Care, x2 counts of Child Abuse, and Felony Reckless Endangerment, Boyer remains jailed on the $34,500 bond set by the Magistrate. Her first court appearance is set for July 27.

Please, please don’t drink and drive,
– it’s a deadly combination


Kentucky man held after attempted stabbing

Victor Hugo Ortiz
Age: 45
Lexington, KY

A Kentucky man remains jailed in Franklin after trying to stab a bouncer. Officers were summoned to the Tin Roof 2 at 1:10 am, Sunday, after 45-year-old Victor Ortiz tried stabbing a bouncer who had asked him to leave, in the neck. The bouncer was armed with a handgun and ordered Ortiz to drop the knife. Arriving officers found Ortiz, and the knife, in his car in the parking lot and arrested him.

Charged with Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct, Ortiz remains jailed on a $70,000 bond. His first court appearance is today.


Impaired, fleeing driver arrested after running over pedestrian

An impaired driver remains jailed this morning after running over a man and then leaving the scene, last Thursday.

At 4 p.m. on June 3, Officers were summoned to the business at 303 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. after 39-year-old Bianca Bankston ran over another worker who was trying to keep her from driving impaired. Bankston then crashed into another vehicle before fleeing.

A nearby Franklin Police Officer spotted the orange Hummer Bankston was driving, moments later, as it was turning onto Murfreesboro Rd. After stopping Bankston, the officer determined that she was impaired, and arrested her. Bankston is due in court today, and remains jailed on a $35,000 bond. Her charges are as follows:

Bianca Bankston
Age: 39
Nashville, TN

  • DUI — Second Offense
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon
  • Leaving the Scene of an Injury Crash
  • Leaving the Scene of a Crash and Failing to Give Aid or Information
  • Violation of the Implied Consent Law
  • Driving Without Insurance
  • Driving While Suspended

The man Bankston ran over was very seriously injured, and remains hospitalized.

Booze It & Lose It!

Hit & Run driver charged after crashing into Franklin home

Alona Sanford
Age 18
Franklin, TN

At 11:50, Sunday night, officers responded to reports that a car had struck a home in the 300 block of Battle Avenue, and that the driver had fled. Arriving officers found the vehicle unoccupied. There was significant damage to both the vehicle and the home.

A Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy, who had responded to the area to assist, found a person walking nearby. That person, 18-year-old Alona Sanford, of Franklin, was determined to be the driver who fled after crashing into the house. No one inside the home was injured, and Sanford suffered only minor injuries.

Charged with  Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Sanford is free on the $2,000 bond set by the magistrate. She is due in court on August 24.


Suspect who exposed himself to teen worker in Berry Farms drive-thru identified, charged

Suspect and suspect vehicle

Thanks to help from the public, the suspect who exposed himself to a teen worker in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru at Berry Farms has been identified.

Last night, Detectives charged 48-year-old Robert Rawson of unincorporated Franklin with Indecent Exposure. He is due in court on August 4.



Real estate agent indicted on felony charges

A Williamson County Grand Jury has indicted a Franklin real estate agent on several charges. Michael Burchyett, 42, of Franklin, was charged with Theft over $250,000, Criminal Simulation, and Money Laundering. The indictments follow an in-depth investigation by Franklin Detectives after it was reported that Burchyett used forged closing documents to trick a client from China into thinking they had purchased a $495,000 Franklin home. Burchyett diverted the victim’s money for his own use and then sold the listing to someone else.

 Burchyett is free on a $50,000 bond. He is due in criminal court on April 28.


Impaired I-65 hit-and-run driver facing multiple charges

An impaired driver who fled from a dinnertime crash on Tuesday is facing several charges, including DUI, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, Drug Possession, Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, and Failure to Report a Crash.

Donald A. Brewster, Jr. 
Age: 40
Columbia, Tennessee

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Officers were summoned to a hit & run crash on I-65 in Cool Springs. Officers located the fleeing driver, 40-year-old Donald Brewster, of Columbia, driving into a nearby parking lot after he exited the Interstate. His vehicle had heavy damage, including two flat tires. Officers determined that Brewster was impaired and arrested him. The driver of the car he slammed into from behind was shaken, but not noticeably injured.

Due in court on June 22, Donald Brewster is free on the $5,500 bond set by the Magistrate.

Drive drunk, get nailed.

No one injured after drunk driver’s car slides into ditch, bursts into flames

At 1:00 Wednesday morning, officers were dispatched to Harpeth Dr., near W. Main Street, in Franklin. A passerby called to report a driver in the ditch who may need assistance.

Landon Wilkinson
Age: 22
Franklin, Tennessee

Arriving officers found the vehicle on fire. The driver was located on foot in the area after the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. Officers determined that the driver, 22-year-old Landon Wilkinson, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested him. Wilkinson was carrying a handgun in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

Charged with DUI, Driving on a Suspended License, Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, Failure to Exercise Due Care, and Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Wilkinson remains jailed on a $12,000 bond. He is due in court on May 25.

Booze It and Lose It


Parking lot robbery suspect captured moments later by Franklin Police Officer

A robbery suspect was spotted and arrested only moments after assaulting and robbing a shopper outside of her car in the Walmart parking lot, Thursday night. Shortly after 6 p.m., the suspect pulled up behind the victim, who was in the process of unlocking her door and getting into her car. The suspect grabbed the woman’s purse. When the victim tried hanging onto it, the suspect repeatedly punched her in the face and head before finally getting away with the purse.

After a description of the suspect and getaway car was broadcasted over a police radio, a nearby Franklin Police Officer pulled over and arrested 25-year-old Kerrigan Larkins on Mallory Lane. The victim’s belongings were found in Larkins’s vehicle, along with an acquaintance’s three young children, ages 3, 3, and 1, who were all unrestrained and apparently in the vehicle during the robbery and assault.

Larkins, a convicted felon, was charged with Aggravated Robbery, Felony Theft, x3 counts of Reckless Endangerment, Violation of the Child Restraint Law, and Violation of the Registration Law. She remains jailed on the $150,000 bond set by the Magistrate. The children in Larkins’s vehicle were later released to their mother.


Franklin carjacker captured in Spring Hill

At 7:30 p.m., Franklin Police responded to a carjacking in the parking lot of Bed, Bath, and Beyond. A black male suspect approached the victim who was sitting in her car and forced her out. Once the victim was outside, the suspect assaulted her and then drug her from the moving car he was stealing.

Officers broadcasted a description of the stolen car and suspect to surrounding agencies. A short time later, Spring Hill Police spotted the suspect vehicle. The suspect led them on a pursuit before he crashed and was ultimately taken into custody. The suspect, 36-year-old Clay Andrews, of Only, TN is facing several serious charges in both Spring Hill and Franklin.

The carjacking victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.