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Habitual offender facing 6th DUI charge

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A 51-year-old man who narrowly missed crashing into a Murfreesboro police officer Friday could face up to one year in jail and $15,000 in fines if convicted of driving under the influence for the sixth time.

Johnny B. Brooks, of Nashville, has been charged with a sixth DUI offense, which is a felony, as well as a second offense of driving on a revoked driver’s license and being a habitual offender in the state of Tennessee.

Brooks was arrested just before 11 p.m. after allegedly causing an officer to almost wreck when he turned onto South Rutherford Boulevard in front of Wal-Mart, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

“I conducted a traffic stop at 2967 S. Rutherford Blvd. after a vehicle pulled out from the secondary Wal-Mart entrance directly in front of me, requiring me to slow down rapidly to avoid a collision,” Officer James Thomas reported.

After making contact with him to discuss the incident, Thomas reported Brooks appeared to be intoxicated. As such, Brooks was asked to perform field sobriety tests.

“Brooks was unable to perform the tasks as instructed,” Thomas reported. “At one point, Brooks braced himself on his vehicle during the one leg stand to avoid falling.”

Thomas then took him into custody, at which point Brooks “subsequently admitted that he had consumed alcohol prior to our encounter.”

A routine records and warrants check revealed that his driver’s license is revoked and he has been labeled an habitual offender due to being convicted of five DUIs during the past 10 years in Davidson and Madison counties, according to the arrest report.

His arrest comes less than three years after being convicted of a fifth DUI offense in Davidson County.

Due to his previous convictions, Brooks was held on a $24,000 bond at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in the case Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

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November 27, 2012 at 6:42pm
I’m sorry but how is this man still able to drive a vehicle? He got his 5th DUI 3 weeks before he got his 6th DUI. I’m all for second chances, but 6 DUIs is ridiculous. It seems like the court system either dropped the ball on this guy or there is something seriously wrong with the laws regarding DUIs. After two DUIs, that person’s license should be taken away from them. It’s not just a matter of their safety, it’s a matter of the rest of the world’s safety. What about when that guy drives drunk again (because he’s obviously got an alcohol problem) and hits a kid who’s walking across the street? Because the system has let him go six-too-many times, someone could die. A DUI is a serious offence and should be taken just as seriously. I would hope that the court system could learn from this awful mistake and hopefully will tighten up the laws regarding DUIs. I think it would save the lives of the irresponsible people who are driving drunk and would also save the lives of their potential car accident victims. This man is clearly not going to change his ways, so we need to change ours to keep him and others like him off our roads.
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