DUI: Lavoisier Hill found asleep behind the wheel on I-40 with pants undone

51-year-old Lavoisier Demont Hill was stopped in the right shoulder lane on I-40 West around 2 a.m. on May 11th. When officers observed this, they approached the car and noticed Hill was asleep in the driver’s seat with his pants undone, engine running, and headlights on. After they knocked on the window, he woke up, appearing confused as he struggled to roll the windows down. Officers asked if everything was fine, and he told them he was “straight.”

He reeked of alcohol, so officers had him exit the vehicle, where he fell backward into the seat and had to brace himself to get out. Then, Hill told them he was heading home from his brother’s house and did not consume any alcohol. He consented to sobriety tests, performed poorly, and was placed under arrest. He told officers that he left his brothers around 8 p.m. and admitted to having a drink around 3 p.m. Officers later discovered Hill had a prior DUI conviction from Alabama in August 2020. He was then transported to Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and charged with driving under the influence-2nd offense.

DUI: Gregory Boyd doesn’t realize his car is sitting in the middle of an intersection

34-year-old Gregory Boyd was sitting in his vehicle with the lights off at the Gallatin Pike and Kirkland Avenue intersection late May 12th. Officers observed that the car was not running and turned around to check on it, during which they noticed a male, later identified as Boyd, exit the car and open the hood. They activated their blue lights, approached him, and discovered his car was not working, explaining why he was stopped. He provided them with his ID and later admitted to drinking before driving his car, so they prompted him with sobriety tests, to which he consented and performed poorly. He was visibly upset and told them that he was “just trying to get someone to pick him up,” insisting that his vehicle was still parked in the parking lot, even though it was in the street. Boyd declined to provide a blood sample and was then taken into custody for an implied consent violation and driving under the influence.

DUI: Mecca Johnson tells officers she “lost count” after drinking at Jason Aldean’s Rooftop Bar

24-year-old Mecca Johnson was taken into custody for driving under the influence on May 11th. Officers arrived to back up another unit when they witnessed Johnson exit her vehicle and walk over to her cousin, who they were speaking with. They pulled her to the side and asked her “what was going on,” to which she said she was there to pick up her cousins. She reeked of alcohol and exhibited signs of inebriation. Officers asked Ms. Johnson how much she had to drink, and she replied that she didn’t know because she had lost count after drinking at Jason Aldean’s Rooftop bar. She took sobriety tests, performed poorly, and was taken into custody for driving under the influence.

DUI: Ferhat Akin blows .139% BAC after ignoring police attempting to pull him over

30-year-old Ferhat Akin drove between two travel lanes without using his turn signals near Lebanon Pike in the early hours of May 13th. Officers observed this and initiated a traffic stop, during which Akin continued driving for about a mile and had no explanation for not initially stopping. When officers spoke with Akin, he showed signs of impairment and admitted to having one alcoholic beverage. He consented to sobriety tests and performed poorly. Akin was informed of implied consent and agreed to provide a breath sample, resulting in 0.139% BAC. Akin was taken into custody for driving under the influence.

DUI: William Smithwick crashes his car, tells police “I plead the fifth!”

27-year-old William Cade Smithwick was involved in a car accident on I-40 around midnight on May 11th. When officers arrived, they spoke with Smithwick, who reeked of alcohol as he consented to sobriety tests and performed poorly. William was read implied consent twice; during the first time, he said, “I plead the fifth! I want my lawyer present!” When officers sat Smithwick in the patrol car, Smithwick told them, “I will take my breath test at the precinct!” Smithwick was then explained implied consent again and declined to provide a chemical sample. Smithwick was taken into custody for driving under the influence and an implied consent violation on May 12th.

DUI: Gavin Gross hits guardrail on Briley Parkway, tells police he was “sideswiped”

20-year-old Gavin Gross had a single-vehicle accident near Briley Parkway and Currey Road around 4:20 a.m. on May 11th. When officers arrived, Gross told them he had been sideswiped while driving southbound on Briley Parkway. Then, officers observed the damage to the passenger side of his 2016 Nissan Maxima and the guard rails, consistent with him striking it and not being “sideswiped.” Gross had a slight alcoholic odor as he consented to sobriety tests, performed poorly, and, after being informed of implied consent, agreed to provide a blood sample. Gross was transported to Nashville General Hospital and was taken into custody for driving under the influence.

DUI: John Ledford crashes Jeep Grand Cherokee after having “one beer and one shot” at Joe’s Place

26-year-old John Ledford was involved in a car accident on Harding Place in the early hours of May 8th. When officers arrived, they located his unoccupied 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a ditch with all airbags deployed and found a bottle of Casamigos Tequila. Ledford’s friend, Austin Crow, alerted authorities, advising them that Ledford was the driver and was being treated at Saint Thomas West Hospital on Harding Pike. Officers went to the ER and spoke with Crow, who stated that Ledford called him around 2:30 a.m., telling him he had been in a car crash. Then, Crow told officers he drove and transported Ledford to the hospital. Crow added that Ledford did not want to call the police because he did not have health insurance. The police interviewed Ledford in the ER room, during which they noticed he reeked of alcohol as he stated he did not have much recollection of how the crash occurred. Ledford said he was driving back from Joe’s Place and drank “one beer and one shot.” Officers administered a sobriety test, and Ledford showed signs of impairment. After being informed of implied consent, he refused to provide a chemical sample. Ledford was taken into custody for driving under the influence and an implied consent violation.

DUI: Mario Haynes crashes on Briley Parkway while high on Oxycodone

59-year-old Mario Haynes had a single-vehicle accident on Briley Parkway West near Mile Marker 22 in the afternoon hours of April 13th. When officers arrived, medics advised them that Haynes was in and out of consciousness, possibly having a “medical episode,” and needed to be transported to Skyline Medical. Witnesses told officers that he was behind Haynes for about a mile and a half, during which his left signal blinker changed numerous times as he swerved toward the shoulder and back to the middle lane until he hit the guardrail. He added that Haynes was driving as if he was falling asleep.

Officers searched his vehicle before it was towed and discovered a plastic sandwich bag containing a pill bottle with a blue pill, later identified as Oxycodone, three straws with a powdery substance, a pill cutter, and a plastic storage bottle with a single razor blade wrapped in toilet paper and an empty manilla envelope. When they arrived at Skyline Medical, Haynes was being assessed by the staff, and after he returned from getting scans, he admitted to having an Oxycodone pill and being impaired while driving. He was informed about implied consent and agreed to provide a blood sample. Haynes was cited for the occurrence and booked on the citation of driving under the influence, legend drug possession, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia on May 3rd.

DUI: Lathan Flores drives erratically after drinking “a glass and a half of wine”

21-year-old Lathan Flores was observed erratically pulling into the TA Travel Center parking lot in the early morning of May 7th. Security at the location advised officers that he approached Flores, where he exited his vehicle and was told to stay out of it while he called the police. When officers arrived, security pointed Flores out and told them he had seen open alcohol containers in his car.

Officers spoke with Flores, who smelled strongly of alcohol and showed signs of impairment as he admitted to drinking a “glass and a half of wine” after driving recklessly through the parking lot because he was upset about his relationship. Officers noticed a glass of wine in his center console and an open box of wine in the vehicle. He consented to sobriety tests, performed poorly, and, after being read implied consent, agreed to provide a blood sample.

Flores’ passenger was sober and told officers that he told him to bring the box of wine from the back of the vehicle to the front, during which he noticed it was not full. He stated that he did not witness him drink before driving. Flores was transported to Nashville General Hospital and then was taken into custody for driving under the influence and an open container violation.

Mateus Alves rapes minor ex-girlfriend at New Year’s Eve party, tells her “I will do it whether you want it or not”

18-year-old Mateus Alves had a single-vehicle accident with a minor female near Green Hills Child Development on Belmont Boulevard in the early hours of March 29th. His passenger was transported to the hospital for her injuries. When officers spoke with Alves, he repeatedly asked the same questions and stated he was distracted by his radio. He consented to sobriety tests, performed poorly, and after being read implied consent, agreed to provide a blood sample. Alves was transported to Nashville General Hospital and then was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Alves was released on a $1,000 bond.

On April 18th, his minor girlfriend disclosed that she and Alves had stopped dating for several weeks before December 31st, 2023, the day they went to a New Year’s Eve party. At the party, she stated Alves was being physically abusive towards her. She advised that they went upstairs to talk because they were getting interrupted, and when she sat on the bed, he started kissing her. She said she kept telling him that they were not going to have sex. Despite this, Alves tackled her onto the bed, pulled her pants down, and asked to give her oral sex before saying, “I will do it whether you want it or not.” He then forcibly had penetrative sex with the victim while she repeatedly told him no. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Alves was taken into custody for rape on May 4th.

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