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Tennessee police captain charged with DUI

Only by devoting oneself wholeheartedly to a career in law enforcement can a person rise to the rank of captain in a modern police department. So when we read the news that a 52-year-old captain in a Tennessee police force about 200 miles northeast of Memphis had been arrested on DUI charges, it was immediately clear that the accusation threatens not only his freedom and driving privileges, but his career as well.

A captain with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office early in the evening on a recent Saturday as he drove on Interstate 24. He was charged with DUI (driving under the influence) and a violation of the implied consent law, which means he refused to submit to a blood test to determine his BAC (blood alcohol content).

Report: Meth tops weed in Tennessee crime lab submissions

Music fans often check where their favorite songs are on the charts. Sports fans look to see where the Memphis Tigers are ranked in the latest poll. Even the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has an interest in rankings.

TBI recently said that methamphetamine is the number one illegal drug submitted to the state’s crime lab. Until now, Tennessee law enforcement agencies had submitted more marijuana samples for analysis in drug crime arrests.

Report: Tennessee DUI arrest rate down dramatically over decade

Tennessee media outlets are carrying the news that a recent report shows that there has been a significant drop in drunk driving arrests in our state over the past decade. In 2009, there were 494 DUI arrests in Tennessee per 100,000 residents. By 2018, the rate had plunged to 300 arrests per 100,000 residents – a drop of 39.2 percent.

The current rate means Tennessee ranks 29th among all states. Neighboring Mississippi didn’t fare nearly as well, however, placing fifth among states with the highest DUI arrest rates. Only South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and North Carolina ranked higher in 2018.

Optometrist arrested in alleged pot-growing operation

If you drive southeast of Memphis for a couple of hours, you will come to Colbert County. The sparsely populated Alabama county is home to a 36-year-old woman who was recently arrested by Tennessee officials in connection with a marijuana-growing operation.

She is the second person arrested, a news report stated. An Alabama optometrist, 45, was arrested a day earlier. The doctor was charged with drug trafficking and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Consider the unique circumstances of your divorce

The end of a marriage is a tragic situation for some people. Instead of trying to rush and get everything over with, you need to take your time to make sure that you are handling the situation in the manner that is correct for your needs. There are several things that you can do when you are in this position.

By making sure that you are prepared for the process, you can ensure that you have the best chance at making the decisions that enable you to start your new life off on the strongest foundation possible. In order to do this, remember that you are the one who is in control of your side of the matter.

Report: Breathalyzer results are “skewed” and “often unreliable”

It’s the time of year when the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office put extra officers on the streets. The goal is to not only to find and arrest those who are driving drunk, but to deter others from driving under the influence of alcohol.

Of course, police departments across the nation focus on DUI arrests all year. About a million Americans are pulled over by a cop, given a roadside sobriety test and then charged with drunk driving each year.

Tennessee deputy charged with 25 felonies and more

Though it’s a little more than a five-hour drive from Memphis to Hamilton County, Tennessee, we some of the same problems with rogue cops more likely to bend or break the law than they are to prevent crime.

We read recently of Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Daniel Wilkey who was indicted on 44 criminal charges a few days ago. Twenty-five of the charges are felonies that include rape, sexual battery and others. 

Father and son face charges in deadly DUI crash in Memphis

It is about a 30-mile drive east of Memphis to get to Collierville. A 52-year-old man there has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report after he allegedly lied to Memphis police about his son’s involvement in a fatal DUI crash in October.

Law enforcement officials say the father arrived at the scene of the crash with his 25-year-old son about 1:15 a.m. after police had notified him that a vehicle registered in his name had been involved in a wreck on Highway 385.

Tennessee trooper charged with aggravated domestic assault

If you drive about 240 miles east of Memphis, you will arrive in Wilson County. A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who lives there was recently booked into the county jail on a charge of aggravated domestic assault.

According to the arrest warrant, the officer has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the case.

Country star Sam Hunt arrested for DUI in Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Sam Hunt is one of the bright stars in the country music sky. His 2016 album “Montevallo” generated multiple hits in his signature blend of R&B and country, including “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time,” “Body Like a Back Road” and “Make You Miss Me.”

His star might have dimmed a bit when the 34-year-old was recently arrested in Tennessee and charged with DUI.

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