Drunk driver stopped, arrested after heading for Franklin’s Square at 70 MPH

Willis Oothout
Age: 23
Nashville, TN

At 12:40 this morning, a Franklin Police Officer spotted a car careening into Franklin’s downtown neighborhood on 3rd Avenue. Radar indicated that the driver, 23-year-old Willis Oothout, was traveling 70 in the 30 MPH zone. After stopping Oothout, officers determined that he was impaired, and arrested him.

Charged with DUI and Reckless Driving, Oothout remains jailed on a $5,000 bond. He is due in court on October 12.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed

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


Franklin Police: Lock your car doors

Another recent auto theft has Franklin Police, again, urging drivers to remove their valuables, lock their car doors, and take their keys with them.

Detectives are investigating after another unlocked car with the keys left inside was stolen. This one from a Gillespie Dr. apartment complex, Monday morning. The owner of the car left it unlocked with the keys inside, returning a short time later to find her car missing. The stolen vehicle was found about a mile away, later that same morning. The person who stole the car is believed to have burglarized other unlocked vehicles in the area. 

Franklin Police say that crime prevention is a shared responsibility and are, again, asking citizens to remove their valuables, lock their cars, and take their keys with them … every trip, every time.

Crime Prevention:
Not just police business – it’s everyone’s business

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!

Franklin Police urge drivers not to leave cars running; not to leave guns in unlocked vehicles

Police in Franklin are investigating after a car was stolen from a Cool Springs gas station.

At 11:00 Sunday night, a man left his car running during a quick trip into the Twice Daily at 501 Cool Springs Blvd. In a matter of seconds, a silver Ford Fusion pulled up next to it. A passenger got out and entered the running Kia K5, and stole it.

The Kia was later found abandoned in Nashville, but two handguns that were left inside are missing. Officers determined that the Ford Fusion had been stolen earlier from another city.

Franklin Police urge gun owners never to leave unattended firearms in an unlocked vehicle. Police also say drivers need to turn their vehicle off and lock their car doors, even for a quick trip inside.

Crime Prevention: Not just police business, it’s everyone’s business.


Police investigating overnight auto burglaries and shots fired, in Franklin

This morning, Franklin Police are investigating multiple overnight auto burglaries. About a dozen unlocked cars were entered and rifled through. Areas impacted include the Royal Oaks and W. Main Street corridors, including Carter St. Forrest St, and Champions Circle.

Several shots were fired on Champions Circle by two black males in a silver Ford Escape. No one was injured by the gunfire, and it is unclear if there was an intended target. The suspects who fired the shots are believed to be responsible for some of the burglaries.

Detectives are asking area residents to check their Ring doorbells and other home surveillance for overnight activations, and to call if they find anything that might help. Franklin Police also want to remind residents to lock their cars & homes, and to leave an outside light on, every night, as part of the nationwide crime prevention strategy: The #9PMRoutine.

Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
click to submit an anonymous eTip

School’s out, vacations are planned, and Franklin Police are working hard to help keep you safe

With kids out of school for the summer, Franklin Police Officers are focusing their attention on local neighborhoods, parks, and shopping venues to help keep Franklin families safe.

The Department hopes that police patrols in key areas and an increased focus on neighborhood speeds and traffic safety will help.

Franklin Police Officers will even help keep an extra eye on your home while you’re out of town.

To take advantage of this free service, click to complete this online form,
or visit http://www.FranklinTN.gov/homecheck

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Serving you, with excellence
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Franklin Police need your help identifying this suspect involved in a road rage incident

On May 11th at approximately 9:30pm, this suspect pointed a black handgun at another driver in the parking lot of IHOP on Murfreesboro Road following a road rage incident on Murfreesboro Road.  The victim and a witness advised the tag on the vehicle was an Ohio plate. If you recognize this suspect or the vehicle, please call Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
click to submit an anonymous eTip


DUI saturation patrols planned for Wednesday, in Franklin

Wednesday night, the Franklin Police Department will have teams of extra officers on the street to help combat drunk driving.

“People who plan on having a few drinks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo are strongly encouraged to pre-plan a designated driver or other safe ride home,” said Lt. Charles Warner.

The Department asks Franklin drivers to exercise caution and to never drive while impaired.

Booze It And Lose It


Franklin Police wishes everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day but please be safe and don’t drink and drive

An increased number of Franklin Police Officers will be hitting the streets tonight to help protect you through the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.  Officers are working overtime to focus on impaired, distracted, and dangerous drivers.  Alcohol will be served at many of the bars and celebration parties.  If you plan to drink, be sure that a designated driver is part of your plan as well.  Franklin Police want you to know, If you drive impaired – you will be arrested, you will go to jail.

Booze It & Lose It