Teaster taken in for violating probation
Wesley Glenn Teaster, the former Pigeon Forge High School volunteer assistant baseball coach who pleaded guilty to reckless vehicular homicide in the death of a fellow coach in 2008, was taken into custody Aug. 16 by Pigeon Forge police for a second violation of probation.
The reason for the charge is unknown, as probation offices were closed over the weekend and records at the Sevier County jail showed only the charge of violation of probation and didn’t disclose the nature of that violation.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Teaster, 26, was still being held in the Sevier County jail.
Teaster — the grandson of Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster —was previously ordered to jail for violating his probation in 2011.
Then it was an accumulation of offenses, including using illicit drugs, that led Judge Ben Hooper to sentence him to spend 90 days in jail.
Teaster’s probation problems started with an Aug. 27, 2010, wreck in Pigeon Forge in which he sideswiped another car. Teaster was initially charged with leaving the scene of that accident; that charge was eventually dismissed because Judge Ben Strand ruled a police offi cer did not properly inform Teaster of his right against self incrimination before taking a statement from him about the wreck.
While his statement was inadmissible in that case, it was allowed for the violation of probation hearing in 2011.
There Teaster told Hooper from the stand that he had tried to signal for the second driver to follow him when he made a turn after the wreck, but the driver — a tourist from Texas — kept going. The second driver stopped at a nearby gas station and called police; he had gotten Teaster’s license plate number and gave it to police, who summoned Teaster to the police department.
Teaster gave a statement to a police officer at that time, but Strand would later rule the officer didn’t properly inform him of his rights before taking the statement.
He was sentenced to five years of probation on January 2009, after pleading guilty to the charge of vehicular homicide by reckless conduct for the May 4, 2008, wreck that severely injured him and killed Jeremy Chesney, who was riding in Teaster’s Jeep at the time of the wreck.