|A Murfreesboro man who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence is facing multiple charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of a two-car injury crash March 22 near January Street.
Paul Balfour, 19, has been charged with a DUI first offense, leaving the scene of an injury crash, resisting arrest, violation of the open container law, and underage consumption, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
The incident, which occurred just before 6 p.m. at the intersection of West Main Street, resulted in a 49-year-old woman being taken via ambulance to Middle Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.
Witnesses told police they saw a man, later identified as Balfour, climb out of his car through the sunroof and run toward February Street. When police found Balfour, he allegedly resisted the officers’ “lawful detention by pulling, fighting and cursing,” Officer Tyler Smith reported.
“I talked to Balfour and immediately smelled a strong odor of an intoxicant, which grew stronger as he spoke,” Smith reported, adding he decided to transport him to the jail to complete field sobriety tasks “due to Balfour being a flight risk.”
After Balfour failed to complete the tasks as demonstrated, authorities obtained a mandatory blood sample, which was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for testing.
Balfour was then booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on an $8,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear June 14 in General Sessions Court.