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Law enforcement officer faces DUI charge after crashing cruiser

In Tennessee, the general way in which drunk driving charges are lodged is if a law enforcement officer stops a vehicle and investigates a driver whom he or she believes was driving while intoxicated. From there, the driver will be spoken to, given tests to determine the amount of alcohol in the blood, or BAC level, and, if necessary, the arrest will be made. However, it is important to remember that everyone is subject to the laws against driving under the influence and there are times when a person who is supposed to be enforcing the law ends up being arrested and charged with being a drunk driver.

A deputy was on his way to a homicide investigation and was on duty when he crashed his police cruiser into another vehicle. The accident happened at around 9 p.m. Due to the crash, the other vehicle rolled over. The driver had to be hospitalized. When Tennessee State Troopers investigated, they found that the deputy smelled of alcohol.

According to the police report, the deputy admitted to drinking alcohol prior to taking the call to investigate the homicide. The deputy suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital. After he was treated, he was placed under arrest. He was released on bond and has been suspended without pay from his job as a deputy. He faces multiple charges including possession of a handgun while under the influence, reckless endangerment, DUI and more.

While these charges are clearly serious and the evidence seems substantial, that does not automatically mean that the deputy is guilty. That holds true for anyone who is arrested and charged with DUI. It is particularly important for the deputy to have a solid defense because this arrest and a potential conviction can have an even greater impact on his life as it could cost him his job in addition to the regular penalties such as fines, loss of driving privileges and jail time that a convicted drunk driver must deal with. Even law enforcement officers need to be aware of the need to have a strong legal defense in a drunk driving case. Before doing anything else, the deputy must discuss this case with an experienced attorney.

Source:, "Deputy arrested for DUI after crashing en route to homicide scene," May 31, 2017

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