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Police: Drunk driver busted with crack pipe

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A 43-year-old man accused of driving drunk is facing multiple charges after police allegedly found an open liquor bottle and drug paraphernalia in his car Monday night during a traffic stop in north Murfreesboro.

Two years after being convicted of a first offense, James R. Rogers is facing a second charge driving under the influence, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

He has also been charged with violation of the open container law and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the incident, which occurred just after 9 p.m. on Hamilton Drive.

Initially, Officer Tim Ledford reported that he pulled over Rogers for failing to stop at the intersection of Hamilton and Greenhill drives. While speaking with him, however, Ledford reportedly became concerned because Rogers appeared to be drunk.

“Rogers then admitted to consuming alcohol,” Ledford reported, adding Rogers tried to perform field sobriety tests but failed to complete them as demonstrated.

Noting that Rogers was unsteady on his feet and appeared to have bloodshot eyes, Ledford prodded for more information about the matter.

“Rogers also admitted that there was an open vodka bottle in the floorboard,” Ledford reported. “While retrieving the open container, a crack pipe was observed in the floorboard of the vehicle.”

During a search of the entire car, police also found a syringe in the driver’s side door, at which point Rogers told Ledford it “was used for drugs,” according to the report.

Rogers was then taken into custody and transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly and held on a $4,500 bond.

He is scheduled to appear on all the charges Tuesday, April 9, as part of a preliminary hearing in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

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