24-year-old Jorge Melgar was jailed on November 19th after police observed a truck parked on an embankment in the area of Clarksville Pike and Buena Vista. Melgar was in the parking lot, swaying and stumbling around behind the vehicle. Officers could smell alcohol on Melgar’s breath as he admitted that he had been drinking that night and stated that he was on his way home. When officers asked him where his home was, he gave an address that was approximately 20 minutes away but kept telling officers that it was right down the road. Melgar refused to do sobriety tests and was placed into custody. During a pat down, officers discovered a Glock 43 in his front pocket. The gun wasn’t loaded, but there were three rounds in the magazine.
53-year-old Matthew Thomas Jr. flagged down an officer on East Old Hickory Blvd. in the late hours of November 20th, indicating that he had been in a car crash. Officers confirmed the accident via dispatch, where the other party was waiting to speak with them. The other driver eventually came to where they were and alerted officers of the possible injury he sustained. Officers could see Thomas was visibly intoxicated, and he even admitted to consuming a 24oz beer 2 hours prior but also stated that he waited an hour and a half for the police at the scene, leaving only 30 minutes between when he consumed the beer and when he began driving. Thomas kept repeating that he “pulled over to speak to the police and not the other way around.” He also confirmed that he rear-ended the other vehicle. Thomas refused to provide a blood sample, was read an implied consent form, and was taken into custody for driving under the influence and implied consent.
20-year-old Jacob Walker was involved in a crash at the intersection of 33rd Avenue North and Alameda St. on November 1st. TSU police alerted officers regarding an impaired driver crashing into two vehicles, fleeing, and then returning to the scene. Officers spoke with Walker, who was visibly intoxicated as he admitted to leaving the scene, consuming alcohol, and being too impaired to drive. Walker consented to sobriety tests and performed poorly. Walker refused to provide a breath sample and spoke with witnesses who positively identified him. Walker was placed in custody for leaving the scene of an accident, implied consent, driving under the influence, and underage consumption of alcohol.
28-year-old William Stephen Gill told police he had just left a gay bar South of downtown Nashville, where he had been drinking, when he was in an accident with a semi-truck near the intersection of Murfreesboro Pike and Spence Lane. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests, and refused all other testing and questions. He was taken into custody and charged with DUI.
42-year-old Steven Strickland was passed out in his running vehicle on October 26th. When police arrived, the vehicle was off as Strickland spoke with medics. The medics advised officers that Strickland was having difficulty answering questions but was coherent. He was visibly intoxicated and admitted to medics that he had been drinking earlier. He then admitted to officers that he had “three beers a couple of hours ago.” He was hesitant to perform sobriety tests but eventually agreed, performed poorly, and was taken into custody.
38-year-old Stephen Cole Capshaw violated the move-over law on I-440 E on October 24th. Officers initiated a traffic stop on a pick-up truck for a traffic violation and observed Capshaw as they approached the driver’s side. Capshaw failed to provide a driver’s license or any form of identification and was visibly intoxicated as he got out of the car. Officers observed a Miller Lite can leaking on the floorboard and found more cans in the bed of the pick-up. Capshaw was charged with implied consent and driving under the influence.
36-year-old Taylor Crannis crashed into a curb and a telephone pole at Charlotte Ave. on October 22nd. Officers were dispatched to Charlotte Ave. regarding a vehicle crash and observed Crannis standing outside a black Ford as they arrived. Crannis told officers he was the driver of the Ford and walked away from the scene as they investigated the accident. Officers detained Crannis and conducted sobriety tests where he performed poorly but refused to do the walk-and-turn test or give a blood or breath sample. Crannis’s license returned as suspended once officers ran it through the system. Crannis was taken into custody for driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, and implied consent violation.
23-year-old Musician Kyler Sullivan crashed his car on Rockwood Dr. approximately 25 minutes after taking two shots of Fireball in the early hours of Sunday morning. Officers were dispatched to Rockwood Dr. at 2:15 a.m. regarding a vehicle crash and observed Sullivan standing beside his car as they arrived. Sullivan was visibly intoxicated and told officers he had “too much” when asked if he had anything to drink. Medics on the scene treated Sullivan, but he refused further treatment or transport. Officers asked how much Sullivan had to drink again as they Mirandized him, and he told them he took two shots of Fireball around 1:50 a.m. Sullivan consented to sobriety tests, performed poorly, and was taken into custody for driving under the influence.
Officer Brookshaw responded to Wallace Rd. regarding an intoxicated person on October 5th. Upon arrival, Officer Brookshaw observed that MNPD Lieutenant Vaughn had 57-year-old Leonard Johnson detained for an investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. Through investigation, it was discovered that Johnson had been operating a vehicle in a motel parking lot and showed visible signs of intoxication. Johnson claimed due to arthritis, he was not able to do certain tasks from the sobriety test before performing poorly on the majority of them, resulting in being taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence.
20-year-old 68W Army Combat Medic Preston Johnson was jailed Wednesday night after causing an accident near Sevier Street in the Shelby Park area. He told police that as he was driving his white Nissan Sentra on Davidson Street, his power steering went out, and he had to swerve out of his lane to avoid a car that cut him off. Officers could smell the odor of alcohol coming from his breath, and he had to lean against the patrol vehicle to keep himself up. He explained that he took sleeping pills earlier that day but consumed no alcohol. He fell asleep while standing, and officers had to keep him from falling over. When the police asked him if he was okay, he said that he had not taken his sleeping medication in a long time, so he took two because he had worked a 24-hour shift the night before. During a search incident to arrest, police found a crack pipe and a brown baggie containing approximately one gram of crushed powder inside his wallet. Johnson told police that the powder was his prescribed sleeping medication; however, once tested, the powder tested positive for Fentanyl.