23-year-old Jose Vargas was driving on 1st Ave near Broadway in the early hours of Sunday morning when officers conducted a traffic stop due to the absence of headlights being turned on. As they spoke with Vargas, it was apparent he was visibly intoxicated. He admitted to consuming one, then five, alcoholic beverages at a bar he had just left with his two passengers. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests, according to Detective Myers; however, Officer Amabile conducted the same tests and stated he did not observe the same indicators of intoxication. He eventually blew a 0.069% BAC on a breathalyzer over an hour after the initial traffic stop.
39-year-old Lyndsay Kancher was driving her Kia Optima on 2nd Ave in downtown Nashville just after 1 a.m. Saturday when she turned and drove onto a road that was blocked by barricades and Metro Nashville Police Officers. She ran onto a curb and came to a stop. Officers say she smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. She admitted to consuming two beers prior to driving and taking Adderall. She also volunteered that she takes pain medicines but had not in a few days. She performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for DUI. Kancher has a prior DUI conviction in California in 2014.
58-year-old Kate Swan was jailed on March 23rd after rear-ending a stopped car in the turning lane on Myatt Drive while drunk. Swan was standing next to her Toyota Rav 4 when police arrived. They could smell alcohol coming from her, and she told officers that she had 2-3 beers at Chili’s prior to driving. She agreed to sobriety tests and performed poorly. The breathalyzer came back as .131% BAC.
27-year-old Christopher Snan was jailed on March 12th after losing control of his 2019 Dodge Challenger on I-40 and striking a retaining wall just after 11 p.m. while allegedly being under the influence of drugs and alcohol. When officers arrived on the scene, they smelled alcohol coming from Snan. He told police he drank 3-4 hours before driving. Snan was detained and relocated to a shell gas station and spoke with a different officer who could also smell alcohol on his breath. He told this officer that he drank 5 hours before driving and smoked marijuana around 8 am. He consented to Sobriety tests and performed poorly with multiple indicators of impairment. He told police that his shoulder hurt from the crash, and he had bad knees from previous injuries, which could impact his field sobriety tests.
Police say 27-year-old Parker Chittenden was driving on the wrong side of Murfreesboro Pike, which is divided by a grassy median, in the early hours of Monday morning. A traffic stop was conducted, and it was immediately apparent to officers that Chittenden was heavily intoxicated. He initially admitted to consuming “two drinks” but later amended it to “four drinks” prior to driving. Police say he was both talkative and crying during their interaction. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was charged with DUI. He later blew a 0.112% BAC on a breathalyzer.
When Metro Police responded to a traffic crash in downtown Nashville, they found 41-year-old Michael Killen driving his red Saturn, which he had driven into the rear of another vehicle. Sgt. Amabile says he could smell alcohol coming from Killen, and observed obvious signs of impairment. Killen stated he drank alcohol, however, it was 24-hours prior to driving. He refused field sobriety tests and was taken into custody, charged with DUI, and given pre-trial release.
27-year-old Charlene Nemecheck is charged with DUI (driving under the influence) after leaving a hockey game earlier this week. Police say she failed to maintain her lane of travel on Lebanon Pike and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. She admitted to drinking prior to driving and blew almost double the legal limit on a breathalyzer.
26-year-old Elijah Gang was driving around in a recently crashed vehicle when he drove right into an area which police were preparing for the NYE event in downtown Nashville. An officer approached him to make sure he was ok, and that he realized how damaged his vehicle was. The front-end had heavy damage and the left front tire was completely flat. Gang reeked of alcohol and refused to answer most questions.
Inside the Toyota Rav4 was an open Miller High Life beer can and multiple cans of Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Things. Gang was charged with DUI, violation of the implied consent law, and open containers. He was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail, just a few blocks away, and is free on pre-trial release.
When police pulled him over for a traffic stop, an officer noticed a nearly empty bottle of Adictivo Tequila in the vehicle of 36-year-old Marvin Drew, and a 9mm handgun magazine in his lap. When asked where his gun was located, Drew pointed to his pink handbag, which is where officers retrieved a Taurus G2c and several rounds of ammo.
Drew was charged with DUI, open container, possession of a weapon under the influence, and violation of the implied consent law. He is free on pre-trial release.
33-year-old Robert Fontaine was dressed in his work shirt and driving his Nashville Machine Elevator work van when he arrived at Pure Gold’s Crazy Horse Nashville Friday evening. As he was leaving the strip club, security attempted to dissuade him from driving due to his level of intoxication, however, he fled the parking lot, crashing into the fence along McCann St. He would later tell officers he had a “half-bottle of Jack”. Due to being transported to the hospital, field sobriety tests were not completed. Fontaine was charged with DUI and is free on pre-trial release.