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Chattanooga man facing murder charge in police officer shooting

If you drive about 100 miles southwest of Chattanooga, you will arrive in Huntsville, Alabama. A police officer there was shot to death during a drug enforcement operation.

A Chattanooga man, 41, has been arrested and charged with murder. Law enforcement officials say the suspect shot officer Billy Clardy in the heart during a drug buy at a Huntsville residence.

Involuntary intoxication as a drunk driving defense

All Tennessee drivers should know it is illegal and unsafe for them to operate a vehicle if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over 0.08%. Drivers should track how much alcohol they have been consuming in the hours before they operate a vehicle.

Of course, it is best if drivers refrain completely from drinking alcohol if they intend to drive a vehicle after.

Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper charged with domestic violence

If you drive about 130 miles northwest of Chattanooga, you will find yourself in Wilson County. A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who lives there with his wife was recently arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic assault.

The trooper was booked into the county jail and has an initial court appearance scheduled for early February of next year.

Country star Sam Hunt arrested for DUI in Tennessee

According to audio from a 911 call, country star Sam Hunt lived up to the title of his song “Make You Miss Me” when he recently drove his black SUV the wrong way down a Tennessee street around 4 a.m. The singer was soon pulled over by police and then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

One caller told the police dispatcher that Hunt was “just driving like there was nothing wrong,” even though the singer “almost hit me head on.” Another caller had a different perspective on Hunt’s driving style, however, saying he was “hauling some ass in the fast lane.”

Challenges ahead for tech intended to stop drunk driving

Regular readers of our Chattanooga criminal law blog know that Tennessee can impose harsh sentences on those who are arrested and convicted of drunk driving. A new proposal in Congress could be the first step in eventually eliminating DUI arrests not only here, but across the nation.

The proposed legislation would require all new passenger vehicles to be equipped with alcohol-detection systems by 2024. As older vehicles are replaced with newer models over the years, the U.S. will eventually (if the proposal is made into law) be free of drunk driving crashes and arrests.

Possible defenses to domestic violence allegations

Allegations of domestic violence are taken seriously by law enforcement, because many people die each year at the hands of a person with whom they are living.

However, many domestic violence allegations result from petty fights or are fueled by alcohol and drugs. In these situations, the person accused may be innocent. If you have found yourself in a situation where you have been wrongly accused of domestic violence, you should be aware of possible defense options in Tennessee.

Aggravated assault charge after body-slam at Tennessee Popeyes

If you drive about 150 miles northwest of Chattanooga, you will come to Columbia, the fast-growing seat of Maury County. The city of about 40,000 residents is where an incident at a fast food restaurant is getting widespread media attention.

Video of the encounter shows a Popeyes employee body-slamming a woman in the parking lot outside the restaurant. The 55-year-old woman allegedly directed racial slurs at Popeyes workers before walking outside where she was confronted and slammed to the pavement. The 29-year-old employee is in jail after being charged with aggravated assault, a felony.

Former NBA player faces Tennessee sex crime charge

It is about a two-hour drive northwest of Chattanooga to get to Franklin. The Nashville suburb is the home of former NBA player Jim Farmer, who was recently arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in a sex crimes sting operation.

The 55-year-old Farmer was among 16 men arrested during the two-day operation for allegedly seeking sex from minors, the TBI said.

Prosecutors accuse Tennessee grandmother in pain clinic case

There’s an old saying that there are always two sides to every story. The adage is certainly buttressed by the conflicting versions of events given by a Tennessee grandmother and federal prosecutors in a trial being held about 100 miles northeast of Chattanooga.

Fifty-three-year-old Sylvia Hofstetter is accused by prosecutors in a Knoxville courtroom of running what amounts to drug-trafficking operations in pain management clinics in East Tennessee.

Tennessee man named Tupac Shakur facing drug and assault charges

Tupac Shakur was a groundbreaking musical artist who infused his powerful West Coast hip hop with biting social commentary. The rapper sold more than 75 million recordings and starred in multiple feature films before he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in September of 1996.

Given that tragic background, it was more than a little surprising to read news articles about the recent Tennessee arrest on drug charges of Tupac Shakur.

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