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Crash leads sheriff deputy to be charged with drunk driving

Tennessee residents who have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol know that there may be many steps involved in such an arrest and sometimes a DUI charge is only one of many charges that a person may ultimately face. It is also important to know that nobody is truly above the law as even law enforcement officers themslves can be charged with a drunk driving offense. 

This is precisely what has happened recently in Somerville in Fayette County to a deputy officer with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. In addition to being arrested and charged with DUI, the deputy has been placed on suspension from his job and will collect no salary while he is suspended. He was booked into jail but posted a $1,500 bond that allowed him to be released for now. The arrest came while he was responding to a call related to a homicide.

While driving on State Road 195, the deputy allegedly hit another vehicle with his sheriff's cruiser. The driver in the other vehicle required treatment at a local hospital as did the deputy. Other charges against the man include possession of a handgun while under the influence, violation of implied consent laws and reckless endangerment.

Talking with a lawyer after a drunk driving arrest may be a good way for Tennessee residents to learn about the laws, penalties and defense options in these types of situations.

Source: WMCActionNews5.com, "Deputy arrested for DUI after crashing en route to homicide scene," May 31, 2017

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