41-year-old State of Tennessee employee Leann ‘Lee-Lea’ Bernard was found unconscious behind the wheel of her vehicle in West Nashville, and medics alerted police when they revived her and she was stumbling around with no obvious medical reason. She eventually admitted to officers she had been drinking, and they located two empty beer cans and one nearly empty bottle of vodka in the vehicle. Bernard pleaded guilty to a prior DUI in July of 2019. She was given pre-trial release on the new charge. Bernard is a software developer under the Department of Finance, according to state records.
|ARREST WARRANT / AFFIDAVIT:|
|I WAS DISPATCHED TO THE INTERSECTION OF RIVER VIEW DR AND RIVER RD FOR A MEDICAL CALL. UPON ARRIVAL, EMS ADVISED WHEN THEY HAD ARRIVED, THE DEFENDANT WAS UNCONSCIOUS IN HER VEHICLE THAT WAS STILL RUNNING. AFTER WAKING HER UP AND HELPING HER GET OUT OF THE CAR, SHE WAS STUMBLING SO LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS NOTIFIED.|
I APPROACHED THE DEFENDANT AND ASKED HER WHY SHE WAS SWAYING SO MUCH. SHE SAID SHE WAS COLD. I DID NOT SMELL ANY ODOR OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON THE DEFENDANT. I ASKED THE DEFENDANT IF SHE WAS OKAY WITH ME GETTING INTO HER VEHICLE. SHE SAID YES. AS I ENTERED THE CAR, I OBSERVED TWO EMPTY 12OZ BEER CANS AND ONE NEARLY EMPTY 375ML BOTTLE OF VODKA.
I RETURNED TO THE DEFENDANT AND READ HER HER MIRANDA RIGHTS. I THEN ASKED IF SHE HAD BEEN THE ONE DRIVING THE VEHICLE AND SHE SAID YES. SHE ALSO ADVISED SHE HAD DRANK TWO BEERS IN THE PAST THREE HOURS. SHE SAID SHE DID NOT DRINK ANY VODKA. I THEN PROCEEDED TO GIVE HER A STANDARD FIELD SOBRIETY TEST OF WHICH SHE FAILED ALL THREE SECTIONS OF THE TEST.
I ADVISED THE DEFENDANT THAT SHE WAS UNDER ARREST AND SHE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT. DURING THE SEARCH OF HER PERSON, HER LOWER TORSO WAS WET. I ASKED IF SHE HAD FALLEN EARLIER. SHE SAID NO AND THAT SHE WAS NOT SURE WHY HER PANTS WERE WET. DUE TO THE DEFENDANT HAVING A PRIOR CONVICTION OF A DUI IN 2019, SHE WAS CHARGED WITH DUI SECOND OFFENSE.
|LAIANA L HEROD|
|SIGNED BY COMMISSIONER / JUDGE:|
|GS956696||DUI – 2ND OFFENSE||2500|
|ADDRESS:||513 PINECREST ST|
MCMINNVILLE, TN 37110
|ADMITTED:||11/21/2021 11:41 AM|
|RELEASED:||11/21/2021 01:44 PM|
|BOND VIA:||PRETRIAL RELEASE|