|After a drunk man was recently detained for driving down Reid Avenue while waving a shotgun out of the window, Murfreesboro police were left shaking their heads when he attempted to bribe an officer into pretending the incident never happened.
On Nov. 17, police responded to the intersection of Reid Avenue and South University Street in reference to a man on a strange joyride – one in which included traveling with brass knuckles, a bong and an open bottle of Canadian Club whisky in the front seat of his truck.
“Upon my arrival, I observed a white male driver operating a red pickup truck with a left highlight out leaving Reid Avenue,” Officer Christopher Wilkins reported, adding he then initiated at traffic stop.
While speaking with him, Wilkins reported the man appeared intoxicated. He also noticed in plain view the illegal weapon and whisky, as well as “an improvised smoking device.”
“Also during the interview, (the man) would often repeat sentences, stutter … and had difficulty writing and (using) fine motor skills,” Wilkins reported.
As such, the man was asked to complete field sobriety tests but refused to comply, at which point he was taken into custody.
Prior to being booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, Wilkins learned the man had already been convicted of four previous offenses of driving under the influence.
Given the situation, the man began trying to work out a deal with Wilkins so that he would not get into trouble.
“(The man) requested several times to speak to me in private,” Wilkins reported, “and asked, ‘How can we make all this disappear?’ At which time, (he) was told it would not disappear.”
Needless to say, the man is now facing various charges, in addition to a fifth DUI offense, in connection with the incident.