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31-year-old Eric Thomas Rich was driving a vehicle involved in a car accident near the intersection of Lake Chateau Dr. and S New Hope Rd on September 21st. Police made contact with Eric, who reportedly reeked of alcohol and refused to move when asked for his information. When he decided to grab the information, police noticed he was unsteady and needed the car for support. He was flustered as he unsuccessfully looked for his registration and admitted to drinking a couple of drinks but could not say where or when through slurred speech. Police asked him to perform sobriety tests, but he refused nor wanted to do anything that would take him to court. They then asked him to turn around and put his hands behind his back, and he almost fell into the car. Police obtained a warrant for his blood since he refused, but he asked questions while the blood was drawn. The officers told him he could request additional testing, but he said his hospital is in Georgia, so he would not be impaired when they made it, admitting to the intoxication. Rich is the Nashville-based guitarist for Tyler Hammond.
Eric Thomas Rich of Hawks Nest Dr in Hermitage, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on September 21st, charged with driving under the influence. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $2,500, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.
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