DUI: Vanderbilt Doctor Derrick Sowder hits motorcycle rider & flees the scene

43-year-old Vanderbilt Doctor Derrick Sowder was jailed on April 15th for a hit and run on Lebanon Pike. A witness provided police with Sowder’s license plate number, and they found him parking his vehicle in his driveway as they arrived. There was significant damage to his vehicle, consistent with the crash that took place approximately a mile away. Sowder told police that he had been hit by an unknown vehicle and drove home without stopping after the crash. Sowder appeared to be intoxicated and admitted to drinking a glass of wine about 3 hours before the crash. His speech was slow and slurred, and he had watery bloodshot eyes. Mr. Sowder’s boyfriend, James Lindsey, took a rideshare to his house after hearing about the crash and told police that He and Sowder each had about four glasses of wine at his house before Mr. Sowder left to drive home. Mr. Sowder hit Elliot Mullins on a motorcycle, and he suffered a compound fracture to his leg.

DUI: Julio Reyes-Rodriguez runs over traffic cone, causing ‘catastrophic’ oil leak

21-year-old Julio Reyes-Rodriguez was arrested after driving into a prohibited area and causing a catastrophic oil leak to his vehicle. On Mar 4th, a tree knocked down power lines onto the road. Officers created a road closure with crime scene tape and cones. Mr. Reyes-Rodriguez drove his car through the cones and tape getting one of the power lines wrapped around his car, and a cone stuck under it, causing a massive oil leak. Despite all the visible warnings Reyes-Rodriguez only stopped when an officer approached him. Instead of speaking with the officer, Reyes-Rodriguez started backing up his car, getting further tangled up in debris. When he finally stopped and spoke, officers saw several opened and unopened beer bottles in the car. Officers observed alcohol on his breath, bloodshot watery eyes, and a lack of balance. He admitted that he had five drinks and agreed to a sobriety test which he performed poorly on, with several indicators of impairment.

William Harmon charged in 4th DUI; found asleep behind the wheel on interstate

32-year-old William Harmon was the driver of a white Nissan Altima with front end damage being driven without any lights at 30 mph on I-65 South on March 2. When officers arrived in the area, they located the vehicle on the shoulder of the road and in drive. Harmon was asleep with one foot on the brake. Additional officers arrived to secure the vehicle, and Harmon was helped out of the car. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests, and police believe he was under the influence of an opiate. He has prior DUI convictions in 2014, 2013, and 2010.

DUI: Thomas Gravelle charged after improperly navigating traffic circle

40-year-old Thomas Gravelle failed to propertly negotiate the traffic circle near 8th Ave S. in downtown Nashville in the early hours of Friday morning. A Metro Nashville Police officer was driving behind him and initiated a traffic stop. Gravelle was reportedly visible intoxicated, had slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol. He admitted to consuming “one drink” and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He later blew a 0.123% BAC on a breathalyzer.

John Wiggins charged with downtown DUI on Broadway after “two drinks”

Police say 61-year-old John Erik Wiggins was driving on Broadway in downtown Nashville in the early hours of Saturday morning when they observed him swerving between lanes. A traffic stop was initiated, and Wiggins was reportedly visibly intoxicated and reeked of alcohol. He admitted to consuming “two drinks” prior to driving. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was transported to booking, charged with DUI.

DUI: Beverly Cosgrove says she’s the “most drunk I’ve ever been in my life!”

Police say 67-year-old Beverly Cosgrove was involved in a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Matilda St. & Marydale Dr., where she ended up stuck in a steep ditch. Ethan Myers came to assist Cosgrove out of her vehicle. She told him she had been out drinking with friends and was the “most drunk I’ve ever been in my life!” She later stated she had two glasses of wine at a Hendersonville restaurant. Cosgrove performed poorly on field sobriety tests and later blew a 0.132% BAC on a breathalyzer.

Tourist Peter Mackley charged with DUI on a Lime Scooter in Nashville

47-year-old tourist Peter Mackley of Saginaw, MI, was charged with DUI late Friday night as he drunkenly drove a Lime Scooter on a major thoroughfare in East Nashville. Mackley was scooting on Ellington Parkway near Spring Street when officers conducted a traffic stop. It was immediately apparent to police that Mackley was extremely intoxicated. Mackley admitted to drinking 9-10 drinks, culminating with a “strong” drunk shortly before the traffic stop. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was transported to booking.

Shannon Crothers charged in West End DUI — blows double legal limit after “a few beers”

Metro Police say 36-year-old Shannon May Crothers was driving on West End with no headlights in the early hours of Friday morning. She was slow to respond after an officer initiated a traffic stop but eventually parked in an alley between 16th & 17th Ave. She reportedly smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking a “few beers” at an event with friends. She performed poorly on field sobriety tests and later blew a 0.164% BAC on a breathalyzer —double the legal limit in Tennessee.

Nashville Musician Rick Patoray charged with DUI after night of drinking at The Cobra in East Nashville

39-year-old Rick Patoray told police he drank five beers at Cobra, along with taking prescribed medication, before being pulled over for a traffic stop when he made an extremely wide right turn and went into the center lane, and then took nearly a half-mile to stop with blue lights activated behind him the entire time. Officers say he smelled of alcohol and was too inebriated even to attempt field sobriety tests. When asked to submit to a chemical or breath test, he would only state that he wanted a lawyer. Officers obtained a warrant for his blood which was drawn at Metro General Hospital prior to booking.