A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Saturday after police allegedly observed him speeding near the intersection of West Clark Boulevard and Poplar Avenue in Murfreesboro.
Matthew W. Johnson, of Smyrna, is facing his second charge of driving under the influence in connection with the incident, which occurred just before 1 a.m. near the 400 block of West Clark Boulevard, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
The arrest comes five years after Johnson, who at the time was under the legal drinking age, was convicted of a DUI first offense in Rutherford County.
“I initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for speeding 54 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone,” Officer Marja Atchley reported. “I made contact with Johnson, who had the odor of an intoxicant (about his person) and admitted drinking alcohol.”
Atchley reported that Johnson spoke with slurred speech, appeared to have bloodshot eyes, and he was unsteady on his feet.
Given his demeanor, Atchley reported, Johnson was asked to perform field sobriety tests. When he failed to complete the tasks as demonstrated, she placed him into custody.
“Johnson was transported to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office without incident and was booked accordingly,” Atchley reported, noting he agreed to submit to a blood test once he was there.
Johnson has since been released on a $2,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in the case Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.