David Garner drunkenly refuses to leave Opryland Hotel, declares he is a “Federal Agent”

David Garner drunkenly refuses to leave Opryland Hotel, declares he is a “Federal Agent”

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41-year-old David Garner was at the Opryland Hotel on Opry Mills Drive in the late hours of December 20th when he refused to leave after being asked to. When officers arrived, they met with the Opryland Hotel Security staff, who told officers that there was an assault incident that occurred on the General Jackson Boat dock involving Garner and his female friend. Security asked Garner and his friend to leave because of the incident but refused to tell them their room numbers or leave the property. Officers spoke with Garner, who seemed intoxicated. When officers told Garner that he would be arrested if he did not leave, he became aggressive and argumentative. After half an hour of arguing with Garner, the officers escorted him to the lobby and ordered a taxi. Instead of getting in the taxi, Garner declared he was a “federal agent” and approached a hotel employee, becoming verbally aggressive. Garner was taken into custody and charged with criminal trespassing.

David Bentley Garner (MNPD)
David Bentley Garner (MNPD)

David Bentley Garner of Alford Bend Road in Nashville, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on December 21st, charged with criminal trespass. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $250, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.

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