TBI investigating Tullahoma police chief over son's crash

TBI investigating Tullahoma police chief over son's crash

December 17th, 2018 by Ben Benton in Breaking News
Paul Blackwell.

Paul Blackwell.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The longtime police chief in Tullahoma, Tennessee, is being investigated by the TBI related to a recent traffic crash involving his son.

Susan Niland, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a brief statement that the investigation of possible misconduct on the part of Police Chief Paul Blackwell was launched at the request of 14th Judicial District Attorney General Craig Northcott.

"The complaint stems from his office's handling of the investigation of a motor vehicle crash involving the chief's son in November," Niland said. "The investigation is currently active and ongoing."

Niland declined to provide further details.

Blackwell has been police chief since June 2007 and has worked in law enforcement since 1982, according to his biographical information on the city of Tullahoma's website. He has worked at police and sheriff's departments in Norman, Oklahoma, and Hillsborough County, Florida, respectively, and at the Coffee County Sheriff's Department for 14 years prior to becoming Tullahoma's chief.

Blackwell did not return a call seeking comment.


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