DUI: Michael Smith found passed out in parking garage, tells police he had been “drinking all day”

DUI: Michael Smith found passed out in parking garage, tells police he had been “drinking all day”

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30-year-old Michael Smith was found passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle at a downtown parking garage late July 2nd. He was so unresponsive that the Nashville Fire Department had to remove him from his car by breaking the windows. Once he became semi-responsive, he stated he had been “drinking all day,” so he couldn’t have been driving. Officers noted that the vehicle was running, and the keys were located in his pocket. Officers said Smith would become coherent and ask why he was being arrested. After officers explained the situation to him, he would fall back asleep. This interaction was repeated at least seven times. Smith’s girlfriend also responded to the scene and confirmed he had been drinking. Officers had to air out their vehicles due to the intense alcohol smell coming from Smith after he was detained. Smith was taken into custody and charged with DUI on July 3rd. Video from the building later showed him side-swiping his left mirror on the yellow barriers of the garage as he entered.

Michael Smith (MNPD)
Michael Smith (MNPD)

Michael Smith of Tennessee Avenue in Nashville, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on July 2nd, charged with driving under the influence and implied consent violation. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $2,000, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.

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