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51-year-old Sonepheth Mahavong was swerving on Bell Road with his hazard lights on in the early hours of Christmas Eve. Officers watched him come to a stop, partially blocking the travel lane, and conducted a traffic stop. They approached the driver’s side and noticed he was visibly intoxicated and could not understand English, so they used the translator app on their department-issued phones. Mahavong exited his vehicle and urinated on the side of the parking lot while they waited for backup. They observed urine on his pants as he consented to sobriety tests via the translator app and performed poorly. He was detained, and upon a subsequent search of his vehicle, officers located an open 26 oz. Heineken beer can in the driver’s side door. Mahavong was taken into custody for driving under the influence and an open container violation.
Sonepheth Mahavong of Regent Park Drive in Mount Juliet, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on December 24th, charged with driving under the influence. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $1,000, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.
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