Counselor facing 2nd DUI arrest

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A Murfreesboro man who does not have driver’s license is facing a second driving under the influence charge after police allegedly observed him driving recklessly Sunday in the 400 block of East Main Street.

John M. Dixon, 27, has been charged with a second DUI offense, violation of the implied consent law, and driving on a revoked license in connection with the incident, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report filed by Officer Ricky Haley.

The arrest comes only 16 months after Dixon, a counselor who works with at-risk youth, was convicted of a first DUI offense in Trousdale County.

According to the report, Haley pulled over Dixon for allegedly “disregarding a stop sign” and failing to brake for a red light.

“I made contact with Mr. Dixon, who had an odor of an intoxicant, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech,” Haley said in the report. “I asked Mr. Dixon to exit the vehicle. In doing so, he appeared unsteady on his feet.”

Dixon agreed to complete field sobriety tests but was unable to do so, Haley said.

“I felt that he was impaired to a level making him unsafe for the operation of a motor vehicle,” Haley said. “I then placed him under arrest … and advised him of his Miranda rights.”

After being transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, Dixon allegedly refused to comply with a blood alcohol test. Under Tennessee law, anyone who has been convicted of a DUI offense is required to agree to the test.

“Due to Mr. Dixon’s refusal to submit to a blood test and his prior DUI conviction, I executed a search warrant to obtain two tubes of blood from him,” Haley said. “After reading the search warrant, Mr. Dixon complied and was processed accordingly without incident.”

He has since been released from the Rutherford County jail on a $3,500 bond.

Dixon is scheduled to appear in October in Rutherford County General Sessions Court for a preliminary hearing in the case. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail, thousands of dollars in fines, and be required to use an ignition interlock device for six months once his license is reinstated.

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Members Opinions:
August 08, 2013 at 8:39pm
This problem needs to be fixed.
We need a law that allows for the confiscation of the vehicle(s) of DUI's.
August 14, 2013 at 8:25pm
This problem is too big for any one solution to work. Yes individuals are responsible for their own actions when committing a crime such as drunk driving but our culture that is responsible for letting this problem exist. Only people that are caught and convicted of driving under the influence are looked down upon. But no one cares about the millions of drivers that successfully get home each night, they are still taking a risk too. Just because you don’t get caught doesn’t mean you're not guilty.

Everyone knows people drink and drive, only people that have lost family or friends care to make the effort to express their voice on this issue. This man was caught twice and people are upset. He is no more guilty than someone who has driven drunk and not gotten caught.

Majority of people would rather risk driving home drunk, than call a cab to take them home and come back and get their car the next day. People only don't want drive because of the risk of legal trouble, people are not concerned about the harm they could cause everyone else.

This is just an example of another failed attempt by our justice system.
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