A Shelbyville resident has been charged with DUI number 6. You may recall the name Steven Medley from past news stories on WGNS. One of those stories highlighted his 4th DUI that he received in Murfreesboro in 2011. In that case he almost ran another car off the road, according to a police report.
In Medley's most recent arrest, he was pulled over around 1:30 in the afternoon for failing to use a turn signal. Police say his 1994 Chevy Pickup truck stood out because it had an antique tag on it. For a vehicle to qualify for an antique license plate the vehicle must be 25-years old or older.
When police approached the vehicle, Officer Phillips wrote, "I then made contact with the driver Steven Medley and immediately noticed an odor of alcohol and observed several open beer cans in the vehicle." Medley then attempted to perform a field sobriety test which he failed.
Medley was charged with DUI number 6, violation of the open container law and driving on a revoked license for the 3rd time. He will appear in court on December 2, 2014.
What happens after the 4th DUI?
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. In fact, the offender can have his or her vehicle seized after only the second charge of DUI.
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
Murfreesboro Police Arrest Report #18636