One driver allegedly was smoking marijuana in a stolen car when teams of officers conducted bar checks Saturday night, authorities said.
Sheriff’s Deputy Matt King charged suspect Danny Collier, 26, of Johnson Street in Smyrna with DUI, driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana and felony theft of the vehicle.
Collier allegedly possessed the illegal drug Ecstasy at the scene, said Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Gray. When booked into the jail, a search found Collier allegedly possessed cocaine hidden inside his body. He was additionally charged with felony possession of cocaine and bringing contraband into a penal institution. Collier was released from jail two days ago.
Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers, Murfreesboro Police and Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted the bar checks and a sobriety checkpoint Friday on Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro. Troopers and sheriff’s deputies conducted bar checks in Smyrna and a checkpoint on Northwest Broad Street Saturday night.
Troopers, police and deputies charged eight drivers with DUI, the THP reported.
Sheriff Robert Arnold said salaries of deputies involved in the DUI enforcement effort were paid by funds from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
“We are happy to partner with GHSO, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Murfreesboro Police to remove drunk drivers off the streets through the bar checks and sobriety checkpoints.”
During the checkpoint and bar checks, troopers, police and deputies also recovered marijuana and Schedule II pills, the THP reported. They made two felony drug arrests, three misdemeanor drug arrests and a total of seven misdemeanor arrests. They recovered one weapon.
THP reported officers issued a total of 66 citations including violations of the seat belt, insurance, open container and registration laws. They issued 10 warnings.
Lisa Marchesoni, PIO at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office