41-year-old Laura Cavaliere was charged with a DUI early Thursday morning after she crashed a vehicle on I-24 and fled to I-65. Police report she was crying and claimed to have trouble with her tire – she did not realize she had been driving on the rim or that the fender trim was scraped off. After noticing an apparent odor of alcohol on her breath, police conducted field sobriety tests, which she performed poorly on at every point, even becoming erratic and defiant, screaming at officers, “I just want to die!” and asking the officers if they had guns to shoot her after they informed her she was being taken into custody. She went on to tell the officers she was an architect, worked for Metro, and was a teacher at TSU. Cavaliere proceeded to verbally abuse the officers and urinate in the squad car on the way to booking.
Laura Felicia Cavaliere of Campbell Road in Kingston Springs, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on December 29th, charged with driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. A judicial commissioner set her bond at $1,500.