Man charged with DUI tells officers “I hope it’s all out of my system” before blood draw

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21-year-old Denzel Washington was charged with driving under the influence when an attendant told officers he hit a gas pump twice and he claimed he got “just a little too close.” He also declared “I hope it’s all out of my system” before a blood draw.

On May 18th, Nashville Metro Police responded to a vehicle single vehicle wreck at the Thorntons located at 317 Myatt Drive. According to the affidavit, an employee reported Denzel Washington had hit a gas pump twice, once head on and once in reverse. He told officers he had gotten “just a little to close” to the pump.

Denzel Washington (MNPD)
Denzel Washington (MNPD)

Officers noted he was dazed, almost fell over many times, and had to prop himself on a vehicle to stay upright. Washington admitted to smoking marijuana at work and drank one beer, he did not perform well on field sobriety tasks. He consented to a blood test and told officers “I hope it’s all out of my system before all this.”

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Denzel Washington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant and is currently jailed in lieu of a $2,000 bond.



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