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Tennessee police captain facing drunk driving charges

If you drive about 200 miles northwest of Chattanooga, you will come to Montgomery County. A captain with the county’s sheriff’s office there was recently arrested and charged with drunk driving. The 52-year-old also faces an implied consent violation, which means that he refused to submit to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content (BAC).

As you undoubtedly know, the legal threshold in Tennessee is a BAC of .08 percent.

Hamilton Co. corrections deputy charged with burglary, vandalism

Channel 9 news reports that Chattanooga Police officers have arrested a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputy. The 23-year-old is apparently a corrections officer who has been booked into the Hamilton County Jail where he works.

According to the news report, the officer is charged with burglary of a business and vandalism.

Tennessee’s DUI arrest rate down nearly 40 percent in a decade

The odds of being arrested for drunk driving in our state have dramatically improved over the past decade, a new report indicates. Back in 2009, there were 494 Tennessee DUI arrests per 100,000 residents. By 2018, the figure had dropped to 300 arrests per 100,000 – a decrease of 39.2 percent.

The report states that Tennessee had the 29th highest rate of DUI arrests last year. Men are three times as likely to be arrested as women and the arrest rate drops as people get older.

What to do if you are suspected of drunk driving

Even if you understand the seriousness of drinking and driving, there may come a day when you let your good time get the best of you. Rather than control your drinking or call for a ride, you jump behind the wheel and assume you are "sober enough" to reach your destination.

If you make this mistake, there is always a chance an officer could spot your vehicle and pull you over.

Optometrist charged with drug-trafficking, -manufacturing

If you drive about 180 miles west of Chattanooga, you can find a medical records warehouse in Wayne County. The optometrist who owns the warehouse was recently arrested on drug crimes charges by officials who claim the property was used to house a marijuana-growing operation.

The 45-year-old doctor was arrested a day before a 36-year-old woman was charged for her alleged role in the operation. Both suspects live in Alabama, while the warehouse is just across the border in Iron City, Tennessee.

Report: Ignition interlock devices are dangerous distractions

It is a part of life for some Tennessee drivers: before they can start their vehicles, they must blow into a mandated ignition interlock device. If the device doesn’t detect a prohibited level of alcohol, they can start their cars and drive. But to keep driving, they have to keep providing breath samples to the interlock device in what are known as “rolling retests.”

This is a part of life for Tennessee drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI).

Hamilton County sheriff's deputy indicted on 25 felonies

A Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy was recently indicted on 44 criminal charges "pertaining to incidents he was involved in while on duty in an official capacity." Charges against 26-year-old Deputy Daniel Wilkey include 25 felonies, including rape, sexual battery, extortion and reckless endangerment.

He’s charged with misdemeanors that include assault, stalking and reckless driving.

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.

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