2 Motorcyclists Arrested in Connection to Crash at Bell Buckle festival

Bell Buckle runner hit motorcyclist


Suspects are accused of driving their motorcycles into a blocked off area and crashing into a runner during the RC Cola-Moon Pie Festival

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – In a significant development, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday that two individuals have been apprehended in connection with the incident that took place during the RC Cola-Moon Pie Festival in Bell Buckle last Saturday.

According to the sheriff’s office, Michael Lee Grimmett, 30, from Christiana, and James Nicholas Barrett, 31, from Cannon County, are now facing charges related to driving motorcycles into a restricted area and colliding with a runner.


Grimmett was taken into custody on Tuesday and is currently charged with felony evading arrest and reckless endangerment. On Thursday, Barrett was arrested and is facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, reckless endangerment, and improper registration.

The upcoming legal proceedings for Grimmett have been scheduled for July 26 at Bedford County General Sessions Court. The court date for Barrett has not yet been made public.

This arrest marks a significant step forward in the investigation, as law enforcement aims to hold those responsible accountable for their actions during the beloved RC Cola-Moon Pie Festival. The diligent efforts of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with other authorities, have led to the identification and apprehension of these suspects.

The festival organizers and local community have been reassured by the swift action taken by law enforcement, demonstrating their commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all festival attendees. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding rules and regulations, especially during large-scale events.

As the legal proceedings progress, the community will be closely following the case, hopeful for a fair resolution and justice for the injured runner. The outcome of these proceedings will serve as an important message regarding the consequences of engaging in reckless and dangerous behavior.

The RC Cola-Moon Pie Festival holds a special place in the hearts of the Bell Buckle community, and steps will be taken to learn from this incident and enhance security measures for future editions. The organizers, local authorities, and the community at large remain resilient, dedicated to preserving the festival’s spirit while ensuring the safety of all participants.