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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).

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the officer was driving in the left lane headed east on I-24 when he apparently tried to pass a car in the right lane. THP said the right rear of the captain’s Toyota hit the front driver’s side portion of the Ford Fusion he was trying to pass.

After the collision, the captain allegedly sped away, but had another apparent mishap and wound up stuck in the median.

There were no injuries in the crash, THP said, but both vehicles were damaged.

Assuming this is the captain’s first DUI arrest, he faces some harsh possible penalties if he’s convicted, including jail time (48-minimum up to a one year max) and loss of driver’s license for up a year as well.

Penalties for implied consent violations include revocation of your driver’s license for a year for the first offense. Revocation can be doubled in cases in which there was a car crash that resulted in injuries.

If you have been charged with an implied consent violation in the Memphis area, contact an attorney experienced in all aspects of DUI defense.