- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 12, 2014

The son of a Tennessee congressman has been charged with DUI and aggravated assault after he allegedly fired a shotgun at a beer truck outside a convenience store.

According to police, Matthew Payton Sparks, 22, of Smyrna, was at a Kountry Korner Market in Rutherford County about 4:30 a.m. Friday when he walked up to a beer truck containing two Ajax Turner employees.

Mr. Sparks allegedly fired one shot into the truck’s trailer as the driver drove away. No one was injured, a local ABC affiliate reported.

He was pulled over for DUI shortly after the shooting and later was determined to be a suspect in the beer truck shooting, the station said.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has charged Mr. Sparks with DUI second offense and violation of the implied consent law, as well as two counts of aggravated assault and one count of vandalism, the Tennessean reported.

Bond for Mr. Sparks was set at $4,500 and his hearing is set for June 25.

Mr. Sparks is the son of Republican Rep. Mike Sparks, who is being challenged for re-election by Republican County Commissioner Robert Stevens. Mike Williams is the Democratic Party’s nominee for the November general election.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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