A Murfreesboro man whose license is suspended was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk Tuesday night after being stopped on Middle Tennessee Boulevard for a light law violation.
Ronald E. Smith Jr., whose license is suspended due to a previous traffic-related incident, was arrested just before midnight near the intersection of Middle Tennessee Boulevard and Faulkinberry Drive after officers determined that he was too intoxicated to be driving.
He is facing charges of driving under the influence and a second offense of driving on a suspended license in connection with the incident, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report filed by Officer Hector Montalvo.
“I made contact with the driver, identified as Mr. Smith, who had an odor of an intoxicant, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and appeared to be unsteady on his feet,” Montalvo said in the report. “At this time, I explained and demonstrated standard field sobriety tests.”
According to the report, the 36-year-old restaurant manager attempted to complete the tasks but was unable to do so.
“I felt Mr. Smith was impaired to a level making him unsafe for the operation of a motor vehicle,” Montalvo said, adding Smith was then taken into custody and transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly.
After agreeing to a blood alcohol test, Smith was booked into the Rutherford County jail on a $2,500 bond.
Smith has since been released from custody while he awaits a preliminary hearing regarding the case in Rutherford County General Sessions Court later this year.