DUI: Friend lets friend drive drunk

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One Smyrna man was arrested after allowing his friend to drive his car while both were intoxicated.

Terry D. Marshall, 22, of Smyrna, was flagged down by Murfreesboro Police Officer Meagan Benson "for a fire truck that was coming through. It was only when I began to yell at the driver of the vehicle that he stopped," Benson said in an arrest report.

After pulling over for the officer, Marshall rolled down his window and asked why he was stopped. Benson noted he allegedly smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated.

Benson asked Marshall to step out of the car to perform field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed.

The officer then talked with the passenger, Michael Barker, 22, of Smyrna, who is the registered owner of the car.

When Barker exited the vehicle, Benson allegedly saw an opened bottle of Jägermeister on the floor board.

Marshall was arrested and charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license and violation of the open container law.

He was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Aug. 8.

Barker was arrested and charged with DUI by allowance. He was booked into the county jail on a $1,250 bond and is also scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Aug. 8.
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May 02, 2013 at 4:53pm
This is unacceptable behavior what if these two gentlemen slip past the cracks and the officer never found them? These two drunk drivers could have killed someone unintentionally. In the state of Tennessee dui’s occur quite often so Rutherford county officers need to set up more checkpoints and pay more attention to bars and clubs so that eventually maybe these number would decrease. Middle Tennessee State University should hold classes that warn people of the dangerous and statistical fact that go along with dui’s. In some cases the more you educate the people on facts the less there likely to deviate from what is right. Murfreesboro is a college town so with that being said we know college students are going to drink so Middle Tennessee and Rutherford county need to team up and come up with some more campaigns to reach out to the community about this. Although these two guys were caught there is no telling how many people slip through the cracks and drink and drive on a day to day basis and then never make it home or worse take their own life along with someone else. The police are doing a good job on catching drunk drivers but they need more help from the community to do so.
May 06, 2013 at 7:59am
I fear drivers who are texting or on cell phones more than (drunks). They are impaired also and there are a lot more of them.
May 07, 2013 at 12:05am
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a very dangerous idea for anyone to have, honestly. People need to try and plan for those drinking nights where they tend to get intoxicated, or even worse, “blackout-drunk.” Murfreesboro is definitely a college town where this type of activity seems to be very popular among the students and younger crowds; I mean, we have at least three or four bars that are almost rock throwing distance from one another. Every time a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, they not only endanger their own lives, but those lives of other people on the road, sidewalks, parking lots, and so on. The second comment over texting and driving makes a solid point, but that’s beside the point; this post is discussing drinking and driving, not texting and driving. Texting and driving is obviously something that goes on way too much, and as citizens and drivers, we should try and put a stop to this. I agree Murfreesboro should try and take more initiative to have cops sit out at bars and clubs and ask inebriated people to call a cab or a friend (much like my friends and I do). Murfreesboro has many taxi cab services ranging from The Yellow Cab to Quicky’s; so why not just do everyone else a favor and use these conveniences or just drink at home. I expect to see a drop in drunk driving with these police commercials being promoted all over television and the radio. Give it some time; people will always lean to making better decisions after growing up some.
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