Doctor Arrested Driving To Hospital For Work
PULASKI, Tenn. — Police in Giles County are facing questions about the arrest of a local doctor who was rushing to an area hospital to help deliver a baby.
An officer pursued the doctor after she was pulled over and left a traffic stop.
The traffic stop happened last week at about 9:30 p.m. Pulaski police said Dr. Terry Wynn was stopped at First and College streets for traveling 46 mph in a 30-mph zone.
Pulaski Police Chief John Dickie said Wynn never told Officer Chad Estes she was a doctor on her way to deliver a baby.
“To my knowledge, at that time, there was nothing to suggest that this is an emergency doctor who has to get to hospital to perform,” said Dickie.
The chief said Wynn told the officer she was leaving, and the officer warned her she would be arrested. Police followed Wynn to Hillside Hospital and put her in handcuffs before she entered the building.
“When he encountered her at the hospital in her car, she was arrested,” said Dickie.
But before Wynn was processed at the jail, she was released at the police chief’s request. Dickie said a relative of the woman in labor called and asked him to release her, so now the chief is facing questions for his actions.
The arresting officer has been placed on administrative leave, and the city has hired an attorney to investigate the traffic stop.
Some people in Pulaski suggested Wynn was arrested because she is black. The chief denies that race was an issue.
â€œHis focus was on vehicle at that time, not who was driving,” said Dickie.
Patrick Romano Jr., Interim CEO at Hillside Hospital, released the following statement concerning the matter:
“It is not appropriate for us to comment about the incident. However, we can tell you that Dr. Terry Wynn is an outstanding, well-respected OB/GYN with privileges at our hospital. We recruited Dr. Wynn to Hillside Hospital last year, and she is one of two physicians who deliver babies and provide OB/GYN services to patients at our hospital. Dr. Wynn demonstrates a passionate commitment to her patients and has an excellent reputation for her diligent focus on delivering high quality patient care. She is an invaluable asset to our hospital and to the community.”
Charges of speeding and a felony charge of evading arrest are all pending the outcome of the investigation because Wynn was never processed following her arrest.