Anyone who has been arrested in Tennessee for driving under the influence might feel a twinge of schadenfreude when they read of the recent DUI arrest of a Chattanooga police lieutenant, but it’s important to remember that everyone has the same presumption of innocence and right to defend themselves.
It isn’t often that any of us gets to make national news, but that’s exactly what a Chattanooga man did a couple of days ago. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the man on Dallas Hollow Road after he allegedly rode a horse while drunk.
He was smiling at the time the Tennessee Highway Patrol took his mugshot, but it seems likely that the police officer who lives about three hours northeast of Chattanooga was less amused after he thought about the legal problems he faces after his arrest.
Physics is not in favor of a person in a passenger vehicle that crashes with an 18-wheeler. So when a Tennessee woman recently walked away from a wrong-way collision with a tractor-trailer on an interstate highway, she undoubtedly defied physics and all odds.
It is the holiday on which America celebrates its birthday. Across Chattanooga, July 4th is filled every year with fireworks, family, friends, picnics and patriotic symbols. Unfortunately, it is also a holiday filled with drunk driving arrests across Tennessee.
According to a recent poll by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the vast majority of Americans think it is unlikely that drivers will get caught driving while high on weed. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said they think it’s unlikely that drivers will get busted for drugged driving.
Everyone understands that Tennessee has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. If you or someone you love is facing a drunk driving charge, the best thing to do is to contact an attorney who knows the law and understands how to protect rights, driver’s licenses and freedom.
If you drive northwest of Chattanooga for about 180 miles, you will come to Clarksville, where an educator is struggling with a serious legal problem. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Stewart County director of schools has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Graduation ceremonies for undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga are this Saturday, which means a weekend of fun and celebration is right ahead. That also means that some graduates, friends and family members will find themselves confronted with red and blue flashing lights, a roadside sobriety test, and in some cases, an arrest for DUI.
There are tens of thousands of laws about virtually every aspect of life in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the United States. With so many laws, it is not a surprise that so many find themselves facing criminal charges of one type or another.