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.