A charge of DUI number four was issued to a Murfreesboro driver on Wednesday morning. Andrew James Burns was pulled over on East Main Street because his brake light was not working properly. When Officer White spoke to the driver, a report shows that the odor of an intoxicant was indicated.
Burns was asked to perform a series of field sobriety test of which the Murfreesboro officer wrote in the arrest report, “I felt that Andrew was too impaired to be operating a motor vehicle safely.” Officer White charged the suspect with his fourth DUI.
As required by law, Burns was ordered to have blood drawn in order for the courts to determine what amount of alcohol was in his system at the time of his arrest. That information will be available when Burns appears in court on April 11. Legislation that went into effect 2012 requires police to force a blood draw regardless of whether the driver consents if the driver has had a prior DUI conviction.
Burns was placed in jail under an $8,000 bond on Wednesday morning.
In Tennessee, the fourth DUI and any DUI after the fourth is considered a class E felony. A class E felony requires the convicted offender to serve a minimum of 150-consecutive days in jail. There is also a mandatory fine of $3,000 to $15,000. The culprits vehicle can also be seized and the offenders drivers license can be revoked for 5-years.
Department of Safety “DUI Facts”
MPD Arrest Report #13-3424