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Deputy accused of drunk driving

Driving under the influence is never a good decision. However, there are times when people make mistakes or do not feel as though they are intoxicated. Recently, a Tennessee deputy was arrested and charged with drunk driving after being stopped early one morning.

The deputy was taken into custody around 12:30 in the morning after another officer stopped him for reckless driving and speeding. Before he pulled over the defendant, the on-duty officer claimed that his vehicle was almost struck by the defendant's truck. As he was pulling over the truck, the officer also noted the sheriff's license plate on the defendant's vehicle, and the defendant later confirmed that he was, in fact, a deputy sheriff. 

After stopping the truck, the officer claimed that the defendant was traveling at nearly 100 miles per hour, but the defendant alleges that he was only traveling around 70 miles per hour. The defendant then supposedly admitted to drinking four beers at first, which later changed to six, before asking the on-duty officer to let him continue on to his home, which was less than one mile away. He also allegedly refused a field sobriety test.

While on route to the jail, the defendant told the arresting officer that he had not intended to cause trouble. Although the suspect has been released on bond, he was charged with DUI and evading arrest, and he was suspended from the force without pay. He is due in court next month. 

Drunk driving is incredibly dangerous, and it is too often the cause of reckless driving, but there are several other things that might be the cause of seemingly reckless driving late at night. The driver might be tired or overly eager to get to his or her destination. Tennessee residents who have been accused of drunk driving or similar crimes could benefit from speaking with an attorney.  A lawyer may be able to help his or her client to build a strong defense against the charges, which will hopefully result in the best possible outcome for the defendant. 

Source: wkrn.com, "Dickson County deputy arrested for DUI, suspended", Andy Cordan, Feb. 5, 2018

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