Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Congratulations Mark Mara and Darrell Julian

Lt. Mark Mara was recognized as a Drug Recognition Expert in the 31st Judicial District Circuit Court Monday at a hearing before Judge Stanley. The Prosecutor was Darrell Julian.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


With apologies to the late, great Jim Croce, who penned the great lyrics to "Working in the Car Wash Blues"...
An impaired driver has shut down a car wash, because he was too drunk to wait in line. Here is the story as it appeared on

At 1:35 p.m. March 16, a driver waiting behind two other cars at the Finish Line Car Wash, 33060 Solon Road, suddenly accelerated his vehicle striking the car in front of him, which in turn struck the car in front of it.
The car of the driver who caused the accident then veered off the car wash tracks and into equipment inside the establishment. One of the motorists struck believed he had suffered an injury.
The offending driver, a Solon man, 61, was arrested for OVI. He took a breath test and was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .143.
The man was also charged with failure to control his vehicle. The car wash will be closed for an extended period of time as repairs are made.

Monday, March 23, 2015

DUI Crashes 2015

  Between Jan 1 and March 23, 2015, there have been 400 crashes in which a driver was charged with DUI. These crashes have resulted in 530 total injuries and 2 fatalities. Source: Titan Crash Data

Friday, March 13, 2015

General Assembly may ban Alcohol sales to DUI 3rd offenders

Tennessee lawmakers have spent a lot of time trying to come up with legislation to reduce the number of people driving under the influence.
A bill passed through a Senate subcommittee would ban people convicted of a third drunken driving offense from buying alcohol for 10 years or longer.
Law enforcement officers said people arrested for a third time are often people with a serious drinking problem. The bill would make it harder for these people to buy alcohol.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fees for Blood Tests Challenged by Chattanooga attorney

In an interesting twist, attorney Jerry Summers, has objected to the fee paid to the labs who conduct blood tests in DUI cases. Currently the lab receives $250 as a fee to offset costs, if the driver is convicted of the crime.

I wonder who will end up paying for these tests, if he is successful. My guess is that the lab would then have to be funded by tax dollars paid by all of us who do not get convicted of DUI. Read about it at:

Higher court to rule on constitutionality of DUI fee law - | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Monday, March 9, 2015

First Degree Murder and DUI

A McMinn County driver, allegedly impaired by drugs including methamphetamine, has been charged with first degree murder. The driver had two unrestrained child passengers, one of whom was killed. One of his charges was aggravated child neglect. Aggravated child neglect occurs when there is child neglect resulting in the death of a child under the age of eight. First degree (felony) murder occurs when aggravated child neglect results in death. No culpable mental state is required for a felony murder conviction.
The jury question in the case will probably be whether the failure to restrain a child is neglect.
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