When a Tennessee state police trooper or a local police or sheriff's deputy pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence, you don't expect special treatment. You hope the law enforcement officer treats you fairly, and that you aren't singled-out for something more unpleasant, such as abuse or manipulation by the officer.
Drunk driving is dangerous, both to the driver and to other motorist in the vicinity. And we all know how campaigns against drunk driving have worked to steadily increase the severity of the punishment for drivers who have been arrested and convicted of a DUI. A recent arrest of a man in Rutherford County, Tennessee highlights the penalties that drivers who are convicted of a DUI charges may face.
In the past we have shared information about the legal hardships experienced by Todd Harrell, a band member of rock group 3 Doors Down. He has been arrested various times in his life, and a couple of those arrests have been within the last couple of years here in Tennessee.
There are beautiful and friendly neighboring states all around Tennessee. A lawmaker in one of those states, however, has a proposal in mind that some might not find very nice if they run into DUI trouble.
A couple of months ago, we shared the DUI-related story that gained national attention. A young man from out of state got his face and serious wrongdoing in the news after he really put himself out there. He used YouTube to post a video of him confessing to a serious crime.