DUI: Zachary Winecoff takes Valium before causing 2 car accident with child in car

DUI: Zachary Winecoff takes Valium before causing 2 car accident with child in car

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27-year-old Zachary Winecoff was involved in a two-car accident near I-65 South and West Trinity Lane on February 3rd. Officers spoke with Winecoff when they arrived and noticed he was impaired, not making sense with the answers he provided them. Then, Winecoff told officers he had taken Valium, which was prescribed to him. However, Winecoff could not show proof of a prescription for Valium. While talking with Winecoff, they noticed a juvenile on the grass hill next to the shoulder of the interstate. Winecoff said the child was his 6-year-old son. Officers asked where his car seat was, to which Winecoff said he would get it before asking why the child needed to be in one. His son told officers he was also not wearing a seatbelt when they asked Winecoff for his driver’s credentials, which he could not show. Officers then looked up his name on QMNI and discovered he did not have a valid driver’s license. Winecoff was detained for the suspicion of DUI, and a subsequent search led to officers finding a plastic baggie tied in a knot with what Winecoff later admitted was cocaine. He told officers there was a rifle in the car, and then they additionally found a glass pipe with burnt black residue in it. Winecoff was taken into custody for driving under the influence, simple possession, child endangerment, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and driving without a driver’s license.

Zachary Winecoff (MNPD)
Zachary Winecoff (MNPD)

Zachary T. Winecoff of Thunder Place in Heritage, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on February 3rd, charged with no driver’s license, child endangerment, possession or casual exchange, unlawful drug paraphernalia, and DUI. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $2,000, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.

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