Tennessee AME Pastor Lavan Strickland Charged With DUI After Attempting to Flee Crash Scene and Admitting to Having ‘Some Bourbon’

Pastor Lavan Strickland. | Facebook/Lavan Strickland

57-year-old Pastor Lavan Strickland struck a vehicle at a red light on March 14th, then attempted to flee the scene, only to be stopped by a utility pole he then crashed into, disabling his vehicle. The person he crashed into suffered a lower-back injury, while the pastor admitted to having ‘some Bourbon’ but refused any other specifics.

Metro Nashville Police responded to the intersection of Jefferson St & Dr. DB Todd, Jr. Blvd on March 14, after a vehicle driven by Lavan Andra Strickland, 57, rear ended a vehicle stopped at the red light. The driver of the impacted vehicle sustained injuries from the wreck.

Police say Strickland attempted to flee the scene, however, he ran into a utility pole, and his vehicle was disabled. Officers report he was extremely unsteady on his feet, reeked of alcohol, and was unable to form comprehensible sentences, or provide his phone number. He refused all field sobriety tests, but did admit he consumed “some Bourbon” but would not specify any times or amounts or locations.

Pastor Lavan Strickland, 57, leads the New Webb Grove AME Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. | Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

A search warrant was obtained for his blood, and it was drawn at Metro General Hospital just after midnight. Lavan Strickland was then booked into the Metro Nashville Jail, charged with DUI. In 1999, the pastor was charged with indecent exposure, and he had one prior DUI in 1992 which was reduced to a Reckless Driving charge. He is free on pre-trial release.

SOURCE: Scoop Nashville, Jason Steen