Driver with open beer facing 4th DUI charge

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A man whose driver’s license is revoked due to three previous convictions was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence for the fourth time after he was allegedly caught with an open container of beer in his car.

Initially, James C. Hardy was stopped just after 3 a.m. for a taillight violation near the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and North Maple Street, but officers soon discovered he had been drinking, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

“I approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver,” Officer Kenneth Collins reported. “I observed Hardy, who had bloodshot eyes and his speech was slurred, smelled of alcohol on his person. (I also noticed) there was an open container of Budweiser Ice in the center console of the van.”

When Collins asked him if he had been drinking, Hardy allegedly admitted that he had consumed five beers prior to driving. The 32-year-old La Vergne resident also told Collins that he knew his license was revoked for a previous DUI conviction, according to the report.

“I attempted to conduct field sobriety tasks on Hardy, but he was too intoxicated to perform the tests and refused to continue after almost falling,” Collins reported. “I asked Hardy why he would not continue, and he advised that he was too drunk.”

Collins took Hardy into custody and placed him under arrest. Hardy was then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he agreed to give a blood test.

Afterward, Hardy was booked into the Rutherford County jail on an unspecified amount of bond.

Hardy has since been charged with a fourth DUI offense, driving on a revoked license, and violation of the open container law, according to the report.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on all the charges Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

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