Monteagle Cemetery Damaged By Drunk Driver
Over 20 volunteers and family members, including town officials and members of the Cemetery Association, attempted to help clean up the Monteagle Cemetery this past weekend after a drunk driver went on a destructive ride last Tuesday night knocking down, ripping up and cracking tombstones. After neighborhood watch members heard the commotion in the cemetery, they contacted police. Aaron Westerfield, 32, was still in the cemetery when police arrived after his vehicle had become lodged on a tall tombstone. Two of the approximately nine damaged headstones mark the final resting place of a military veteran. “I’ve never seen a cemetery torn up and destroyed like this,” said Monteagle Police Chief Virgil McNeece. Aaron Westerfield was booked into the Marion County Jail on nine charges, including desecration of honored places, injury to cemetery property, his second DUI, and resisting arrest. Photos are courtesy of Monteagle Cemetery Association Board Member Michelle Russell.