I 75 crash suspect Benjamin Brewer back in court for pre-trial hearing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A second effort to get truck driver Ben Brewer to trial has been delayed.

A Chattanooga criminal court judge today postponed the trial that was scheduled to begin next week with a Nashville jury.

Brewer was the driver of an 18-wheeler that crashed into a row of stopped cars on I-75 in Ooltewah back in 2015.

Six people were killed, and the prosecutor says Brewer had drugs in his system.

Defense attorneys are asking to introduce evidence from a different laboratory that disagreed on the tests taken after the wreck.

The new trial date is now October 17th.


CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole is expected to rule later today on a defense request that may delay the start of Benjamin Brewers’ trial.

That followed a hearing this morning for Brewer, who faces numerous charges in the 2015 crash of his 18-wheeler with several cars on I-75. Six people were killed in that crash.

Prosecutors says Brewer had a mixture of drugs in his system at the time.

This morning’s hearing was at the request of Brewers’ attorneys, who say they have conflicting drug tests they want to introduce.

Judge Poole indicated he would rule on the motion.

District Attorney general Neal Pinkston says that could delay Brewer’s trial….since a jury was to be selected in Nashville this week.

The trial was scheduled to begin September 25th.

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