|A 40-year-old man was arrested on an alcohol-related charge Saturday before dawn after police allegedly observed him driving his unlit car around the Square in downtown Murfreesboro.
The incident occurred just after 3 a.m. near the intersection of North Public Square and East Main Street.
Douglas O. Darrell has since been charged with a DUI second offense, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
The arrest comes two years after Darrell was convicted for a DUI in Rutherford County.
“I was assisting Officer Joshua Borel with a vehicle stopped for not having headlights on during the hours of darkness,” Officer Ricky Haley reported. “I made contact with Darrell, who had an odor of an alcoholic intoxicant, blood shot eyes and slurred speech. Upon exiting the vehicle, Darrell appeared to be unsteady on his feet.”
As Darrell exited the car, he “admitted to consuming alcohol prior to operating the vehicle,” Haley reported.
Police then explained and demonstrated field sobriety tasks to Darrell, who was asked to complete the tests in order to establish whether he was under the influence of any substance.
“He was unable to complete field sobriety tests, as were shown, and I felt that he was impaired to a level making him unsafe for the operation of a motor vehicle,” Haley reported, adding Darrel was then taken into custody.
Darrell was transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.