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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.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the captain was driving his Toyota on Interstate 24 when he tried to pass a Ford Fusion. THP says the right rear of the captain’s vehicle struck the left front of the Ford. After the collision, the captain allegedly sped off but soon wound up stuck in the interstate’s median.

No one was injured in the mishap, THP said.

However, the captain now faces several serious possible consequences if he is convicted of DUI. Assuming it would be his first drunk driving conviction, he faces from 48 hours to 11 months and 29 days behind bars. He can also be fined up to $1,500 for a first drunk driving violation and have his driver’s license revoked for up to a full year (though he can apply for a restricted license).

An implied consent violation can mean that his driver’s license can be revoked for a year. If there had been injuries in the crash, the revocation period could be extended to up to two years.

Those facing an implied consent violation and drunk driving charge should contact a Chattanooga attorney experienced in aggressive, effective DUI defense.

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