Traffic patrol officers in Tennessee constantly watch for signs of intoxicated drivers. People pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving will generally be asked to take some type of sobriety or breath test. Failing a test will result in arrest. People who refuse to cooperate with a test will likely also end up in jail where authorities could insist on a blood or urine test to look for alcohol or drugs. As the criminal justice system processes people accused of intoxicated driving, first-time offenders can expect lighter sentences than those with previous records.
Impaired-driving enforcement will be ramped up by law enforcement through the winter holidays as part of a partnership between the Green County Sheriff's Department and Tennessee Highway Safety Office. Police will set up additional sobriety checkpoints and maintain a highly visible presence on the roads in the period leading up to New Year's Day. In addition, law enforcement agencies locally and nationally will increase public messaging about drunk driving and its potential dangers.
Many veterans in Tennessee and across the country are dealing with difficult emotional or even physical issues, and those problems can sometimes manifest in excessive drinking or drunk driving. One study by the American Addiction Centers found that binge drinking and driving while intoxicated have become more common among military veterans in the past several years. The study used behavioral data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine these incidents and the potential emotional and physical trauma that could be linked to increased alcohol use.
A 38-year-old man taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on the afternoon of Nov. 22 was a volunteer deputy with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, according to reports. A CCSO representative says that the man has since been relieved of duty.
On Oct. 30, a Tennessee man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident. The incident took place in East Nashville.
If traffic safety advocates have their way, Tennessee motorists could soon be subjected to stricter drunk driving limits. Further, a new national poll shows that most Americans would welcome the change.
Tennessee baseball fans may be familiar with the performance of former Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth on the field. However, he has run into some legal difficulties after being arrested for drunk driving in April. A video shows Werth refusing a field sobriety test at the time of his arrest. The player, who retired from professional baseball several months after the incident, was in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the time.
Los Angeles Rams fans in Tennessee may have been celebrating their football team's resounding 34-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 16. However, a member of the team's practice squad was arrested by police the same evening on suspicion of drunk driving. Aaron Neary, 25, was pulled over by Simi Valley police after they received multiple reports of a driver moving erratically and colliding with stationary objects like a bus stop sign, mailboxes and trash cans.
A woman who had been taken into custody in a DUI case in Tennessee had her blood drawn after a judge granted a warrant to do so. However, the defendant in the case had not been given a copy of that warrant. Therefore, a trial court ordered evidence related to the blood draw to be suppressed. This ruling was affirmed by an appeals court before the case went before the Tennessee Supreme Court.
People in Tennessee may worry about running into a drunk driver when they get behind the wheel and take to the roads. The face of drunk driving can be prominent and unexpected; for example, the 26-year-old celebrity rapper Mac Miller was arrested in May on drunk driving charges. The performer was arrested for driving under the influence and hit and run after he allegedly ran his Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon into a utility pole in California's San Fernando Valley.