One Car, Two Drivers, Two DUIs

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Two Murfreesboro residents wound up being charged with DUI recently after driving through the parking lot of the Woodbury Police Dept. while allegedly impaired.

Ace Jerome Barrett, 2522 E. Main St., Murfreesboro, and Tammy Renee Young, 614 Elliott Drive, Murfreesboro, were arrested on April 30 by WPD Patrolman John Fesmire.

According to Patrolman Fesmire’s report, a woman (Young) came into the police department on April 30 and asked if her husband, Eddy George, had been arrested. Sgt. John House and Fesmire told Young that the WPD had not arrested anyone by that name but the sheriff’s department may have. They gave her directions to the sheriff’s department.

Young’s speech indicated she might have been under the influence of an intoxicant, the report states.

When Young walked out of the police department, Patrolman Brent Brock and Fesmire watched her walk to the passenger side of a car (a 1995 black Acura Legend) in the parking lot of the WPD and open the door. Fesmire did not see anyone in the driver’s seat. He took another look and saw Young behind the steering wheel and then she drove towards the First Stop Market.

Fesmire got into his patrol vehicle and saw the Acura stop near the front door of the store. He observed that Young appeared to have a difficult time parking. At this time Fesmire noticed a white male (Barrett) walking from the store to the police department. It was apparent to Fesmire Barrett was looking for someone; however, despite visually acknowledging Fesmire’s presence, Barrett continued walking through the parking lot.

Sgt. House exited the police department and Barrett spoke to him and then walked back to the store. House told Fesmire that Barrett was with the woman who had just left the police department and that he seems just as intoxicated as the woman (Young). Fesmire then saw Young, who had exited the car, get into the passenger side while Barrett got in the driver’s side and the vehicle began to leave the First Stop parking lot.

Fesmire then initiated a traffic stop on West Main St. Opened and unopened containers of alcoholic beverages were observed in the vehicle. Both Barrett and Young were asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Neither performed them to the satisfaction of Fesmire.

Each was placed under arrest and charged with DUI 1st offense. Both refused to submit to a blood test and were charged with violation of the implied consent law. They were transported to the Cannon County Jail and booked. Bond for both defendants was set at $3,500. Their initial court date is June 21.

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