DUI: MMA Fighter Matt Carey falls asleep after causing crash on I-24 East

DUI: MMA Fighter Matt Carey falls asleep after causing crash on I-24 East

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23-year-old MMA Fighter Matthew Carey was involved in a two-vehicle crash on I-24 East in the early hours of March 6th. Medical personnel were on the scene, taking the involved parties to the ambulance for evaluation as detectives arrived. Officers observed Carey walking unsteadily and were told by the other driver that he was asleep after the collision. Medics also advised officers that Carey had been drinking. When questioned about it, Carey admitted to having drinks nearly three hours before the accident. Carey was transported to Skyline Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment. While there, officers Mirandized Carey, and he admitted to drinking at a work event. Officers discovered that Carey’s license had been suspended and informed him about implied consent. Carey then agreed to provide a blood sample. Carey was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence.

Matthew Carey (MNPD)
Matthew Carey (MNPD)

Matthew Carey of Belton Drive in Nashville, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on March 6th, charged with DUI and driving on suspended license. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $1,500, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.

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