A 27-year-old woman who was stopped by police on North Highland Avenue and arrested on suspicion of driving drunk early Tuesday is facing multiple charges, including operating her vehicle without an ignition interlock device.
Brittni Pitts, who has been convicted of driving under the influence two times in the past five years, was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Roberts Street and North Highland Avenue in Murfreesboro.
In addition to allegations that she was intoxicated, Pitts is accused of not having a court-ordered ignition interlock device installed in her car, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report filed by Officer Jacob Fountain.
In the report, Fountain said he initially stopped Pitts for a light law violation.
While questioning Pitts, however, Fountain said he “observed her to have bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of intoxicant about her person that followed her as she exited the vehicle.”
“I then asked her to submit to field sobriety tests, but she refused … at which time she was placed under arrest,” Fountain said, adding Pitts also balked at submitting to a blood alcohol test, as required by law, before being taken to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center for booking.
Once there, Pitts was charged with a third DUI offense, violation of the implied consent law, and violation of the ignition interlock device law. Authorities also obtained a warrant to forcibly administer a blood test to determine the level of alcohol in her system.
Pitts was released a few hours later on a $6,500 bond.
She is scheduled to appear in Rutherford County General Sessions Court for a preliminary hearing on the charges later this year.