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Truck driver faces drunk driving charges following stop

Commercial trucks of every size frequently occupy the roads in the state of Tennessee. Companies often use this form of transportation to transfer goods across the country. The truck drivers may come from any state in the union and simply plan on driving through the state. Unfortunately, one visitor to Tennessee may find himself staying a little longer than he anticipated, as he now faces charges of alleged drunk driving, among others.

A 51-year-old man from another state was stopped recently in Greene County by a trooper from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to reports, the man had been following too closely and was driving in an aggressive manner. The warrants stated that the man, employed by Wolf Trucking, had blood-shot eyes, slurred speech and dilated pupils. In field sobriety tests, the man allegedly performed badly and exhibited poor balance. The man apparently refused to have a blood test administered.

Task force recommends changes in process for juvenile crimes

Minors can get into some trouble with the legal system. There is a court system specifically designated to deal with juvenile crimes. However, according to a report from the Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force, there has been little consistency in the treatment of minors in the justice system.

The report details instances of how one offense may be handled differently by different courts. In one circumstance, a juvenile may be placed in a diversion program, while another may be tried in juvenile court. In other instances, a juvenile may be tried as an adult. The task force attributes this to a lack of standards being applied in the system.

How sober individuals can be charged with DUI

When it comes to criminal justice, the quote, "Innocent until proven guilty," is popular for a reason although not always practiced. In fact, it so happens that sometimes, police overreach their authority or make honest mistakes and charge sober people with DUIs. Sometimes, there is a DUI law that you never knew existed.

Here is a glance at some top ways that someone sober can get charged.

Multiple men charged with theft after Tennessee traffic stop

Many people may think that having criminal charges brought against them is their worst nightmare. Nightmarish or not, many people face criminal allegations across the country every day. The ways in which individuals choose to address their cases often differ, and someone accused of theft may choose to build a defense differently than someone accused of a different type of crime.

Multiple individuals from out of state may be hoping to find effective defense methods after recently being taken into custody in Tennessee. Reports stated that four men were traveling together in a vehicle with a trailer attached when police stopped them. The stop reportedly occurred because an officer discovered that the trailer did not have a vehicle identification number. For unknown reasons, the officer then searched the trailer.

6 facing drug charges in Maury County

Multiple law enforcement agencies often work together to uncover drug operations throughout the state of Tennessee. Local and state agencies partner to crack down on all aspects of drug activities, including usage, manufacturing or sale of illegal substances. Several people are facing drug charges following a recent investigation conducted by several agencies.

The Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation worked with officials from Columbia and Maury County to uncover an alleged drug operation. Arrests were made related to the supposed purchase of several controlled drugs, including crack cocaine and heroin. Other drugs discovered were methamphetamine, alprazolam and oxycodone. Six people, ranging in age from 19 to 43 years old, were arrested on various charges and are being held in the Maury County jail. They are being held on bonds of $10,000 to $75,000.

Increased checkpoints throughout state to reduce drunk driving

The holiday season is often a time of hustle and bustle for Tennessee residents and others across the country. Parties and other gatherings are frequently on the calendars of many people for this time of year. Party attendees may choose to partake of alcoholic beverages during their celebrations. However, after the festivities are over, it is never a good idea to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Law enforcement officials in the state have announced plans to crack down on drunk driving through the end of December.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed a program called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Booze It or Lose It is a statewide effort by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office. Many counties throughout Tennessee are partnering with the state agency to conduct their own campaign during December.

11 facing drug charges for alleged marijuana operation

Tennessee law enforcement officials work routinely to curtail the usage, sale and distribution of a variety of illicit drugs. Drug charges in the state can stem from possession to the manufacturing of an illegal substance. Recently 11 people were arrested for their involvement in an alleged distribution operation of marijuana.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported that agents had initially obtained information about this large operation in Oct. 2016. During the investigation, officers purportedly discovered roughly 615 pounds of marijuana. In addition, several firearms were found in the searches.

Alderman facing drunk driving charges, call for removal

Public officials in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country are often criticized for their political views and decisions. On occasion, constituents call for an ouster based on the official's performance in office. However, some Hendersonville residents are asking that an alderman be removed from office following drunk driving charges.

The Hendersonville mayor recently shared a petition signed by residents with other members of the city's Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The petition stated that the alderman from Ward 3 had acted in an unsafe manner while driving and had disregarded public safety laws. The petition came about after reported incidents involving the alderman.

When does drug possession become a felony?

Drugs are a serious problem in the state of Tennessee. In fact, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports that nearly 80 percent of all crimes committed in the state are somehow related to drugs of some kind. 

There are numerous factors involved with drug charges, including the type of illegal substance in question as well as how much the police locate. In some cases, drug possession charges merely carry the misdemeanor label while others will instantly qualify as a felony. 

Drug charges related to fentanyl on the rise in Tennessee

Many physicians in Tennessee prescribe fentanyl as a painkiller for their patients. If used properly, this narcotic is very effective for those people dealing with severe pain. However, the state's Department of Health is concerned that deaths will occur as the drug is now being sold illegally. Law enforcement officials also report that drug charges related to fentanyl have increased dramatically over the last five years.

Statistics show that there were 294 fentanyl-related deaths in Tennessee during 2016. This represents an increase of 74 percent from the 169 overdoses in 2015. A neighboring state reported a 176 percent increase in fatalities in the same time period. Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are concerned about the threat to citizens and law enforcement personnel.

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