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.