Kingsport woman sentenced to prison for driving drunk on her way to jail

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A Kingsport woman will spend time in prison after she pleaded guilty to driving drunk while on her way to jail to serve time for a previous DUI conviction.

In October 2017, Scott County deputies pulled over Rachel Eaves after someone reported a white pickup truck nearly hitting a guardrail multiple times on U.S. 23. 

Deputies said they smelled alcohol on her breath and observed empty whiskey bottles on the floorboard. She admitted to being drunk and a breath test revealed her blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit, according to Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Fellhauer. 

Eaves was on her way to the Duffield Regional Jail to serve 30 days for a previous DUI conviction.

She was arrested and charged with felony driving under the influence, her third DUI in five years according to the commonwealth’s attorney.

In January, while on bond for the third DUI and on the day she was released from jail for the second DUI, Eaves was again arrested for driving under the influence in Hawkins County.

According to the commonwealth’s attorney, Eaves was driving drunk with her four-year-old child in the backseat when Hawkins County deputies pulled her over. 

In May, she pleaded guilty in Scott County court to the third DUI.

Then, during a sentencing hearing in July, she admitted to doing meth and drinking liquor and beer prior to her court appearance, according to the commonwealth’s attorney. A judge sent her to jail, revoked her bond, and rescheduled her sentencing. 

On August 31, the judge sentenced Eaves to serve one year and six months in prison and pay a $1,000 fine. Her driver’s license was revoked for 99 years. 

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