Knoxville Man Charged with Third DUI Offense

max-kleinen-ugdKmhDg1m8-unsplash News

A 61-year-old man from Knoxville, TN was arrested on May 17 and charged with driving under the influence for the third time, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

Anthony Smith was pulled over by police officers on Thursday evening for suspected drunk driving. When officers approached the vehicle, they noticed signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on Smith. Police asked Smith to step out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests, but he refused. Given the observations, Smith was placed under arrest at the scene.

Smith was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) third offense, interfering with official acts, and assault. A DUI third offense is a Class A misdemeanor in Tennessee, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, fines up to ,000 and license suspension for up to 6 years.

After the arrest, Smith was transported to a local hospital. However, Smith refused to provide a blood sample for testing his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and became combative with hospital staff, according to police reports.

Smith has not entered a plea yet and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court, officials say. His next scheduled court appearance is not known at this time.

Rate article