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Murfreesboro man arrested for 4th DUI offense

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A 36-year-old Murfreesboro man who does not have a driver’s license is facing multiple charges being arrested on suspicion of driving drunk Wednesday near the intersection of East Main Street and Arnold Lane.

Andrew J. Burns, who was convicted of a third offense in May 2009, has been charged with a fourth offense of driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

He is also facing charges of driving on a revoked license and being arrested while classified as a habitual offender in the state of Tennessee at the time of the incident, which occurred shortly after midnight.

His arrest comes on the heels of his license being revoked in connection with an unrelated reckless endangerment case, according to the report.

Initially, Officer Kenneth White reported that he stopped Burns just after midnight for an alleged light law violation. While speaking with him, however, White reportedly became concerned because Burns appeared to be under the influence of some type of substance.

“Upon speaking to Burns, he had an obvious odor of an intoxicant coming from his person, glassy bloodshot eyes, and spoke with a slightly slurred speech,” White reported. “I think asked him to exit the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests.”

Although White reported that he demonstrated the tasks multiple times, Burns allegedly failed to complete them in a satisfactory manner.

“At this time, I felt that Burns was too impaired to be operating a motor vehicle safely and placed him under arrest,” White reported, adding Burns then refused to submit to a blood alcohol test, as required by Tennessee law.

He was then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly and held on an $8,000 bond.

A hearing in the case has since been scheduled for Thursday, April 11, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

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February 21, 2013 at 3:09pm
I have more questions than comments because I know there are plenty of times at night people get pulled over for unnecessary reasons. Police want a reason or need a reason to pull someone over for their report at the end of the month because there is something happening every day to not have a report on someone. It says Burn was "obviously" drunk or under substance abuse because of bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, but was it stated specifically what exactly it was, what the substance was? The officer demonstrated the task many times, why? Why was each time not clear whether this man was under the influence or of use substance abuse if that is clearly why you had him step out of the car? On another note, if this man is a repeated offender why is it that so many people get out so easily and not face harsh punishments for repeated disregard for law & or authority? The reports stated about Burn’s are quite serious in the matter that he seems like a time bomb; thus, is that the reason or is it the matter that he “has a record” to single him out as a liability.
March 18, 2013 at 11:44am
kmm7j, you do bring up valid points. I do not like cops pulling over anyone, but this sounds like a legit stop. One, if your lights are messed up at all and you are on Main Street at midnight, you will be pulled over! just a fact, I have witnessed it and been a part of it. Second, you would not be able to tell what type of drug someone is on. This is the reason for the vague description. Third, I would assume he repeated plenty of times because the guy could not perform the tasks, and repeating the tasks for the guy would not allow a defense attorny to say the tasks were confusing later. I do completely agree DUI bonds are way too low. I read a story today about a man who ran over two people after falling asleep, his third DUI, and his bail was $9500. 800 bucks is ont going to change this guy.
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