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Man accused of 3rd DUI following crash

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A Murfreesboro man with a history of alcohol-related convictions is facing multiple charges after being arrested on suspicion of driving drunk Saturday night following a two-car crash near University Street.

Ivory L. Douglas, 49, has been charged with a third DUI offense and driving on a revoked license for the seventh time, as well as violating the terms of his probation, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report filed by Officer Jason Higgins.

Police allege Douglas was intoxicated when he crashed into another vehicle just before 10 p.m. near the intersection of University and Bell streets, located across from Middle Tennessee State University. No one was seriously injured in the incident.

“I noticed Mr. Douglas had an odor of an intoxicant about his person,” Higgins said in the report. “His eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and he was very unsteady on his feet.”

Douglas attempted to complete field sobriety tests but was unable to do so in a satisfactory manner, according to the report.

After being taken into custody, Higgins conducted a routine background check and learned Douglas was convicted in April 2009 of his second DUI offense in Wilson County.

“It also revealed his license was revoked,” Higgins said, noting Douglas has been found guilty of driving on a revoked license six times since losing it due to his previous DUI convictions.

Douglas, who is originally from Watertown, Tenn., was later booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly and held on a $4,250 bond.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in the case later this year in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

If convicted, Davis could be classified as a habitual offender in the state of Tennessee and face permanent revocation of his driver's license, in addition to possible jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.

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