34-year-old Nathan ‘Nate’ Felty told police he had “two IPA Beers” at Up-Down Nashville Wednesday night before he was pulled over in a traffic stop for traveling 51 mph in a 35 mph zone on East Nashville. He wasn’t aware a Metro Nashville Police officer was behind him when he sped up and brushed against a lane marker and abruptly overcorrected as the road shifted at Eastland Avenue. He reportedly reeked of alcohol and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He eventually blew a 0.163% BAC on a breathalyzer, more than double the legal limit in Tennessee.
36-year-old Nashville singer-songwriter Ryan Storrs was in line to enter Tin Roof on Demonbreun at 2:16 am. Saturday morning when security staff noticed he was carrying a firearm and also already appeared intoxicated. Metro Nashville Police arrived and conducted a weapons search of Storrs, who was carrying a 9mm handgun while intoxicated. He was transported to booking and charged with possessing a handgun while under the influence.
Metro Police say 38-year-old Jerry Bachner, better known as musician ‘Jered Ames’ was involved in an accident with another vehicle near 51st Ave N & Indiana Ave in the early hours of Saturday morning. While describing how the accident occurred to police, they reported smelling alcohol coming from Bachner, along with his slurred speech during the conversation. He admitted to consuming “4-5” alcoholic drinks at the local dive bar, Betty’s Grill, just a couple of blocks away from the crash site. Bachner performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was transported to booking, where he was charged with DUI.
Metro Nashville Police & fire responded to I-40 East near White Bridge Pike in the early hours of Monday morning and pulled 30-year-old Nashville Musician Franklin “Trey” Calloway out of his Ford F-150, which he crashed. Multiple Nashville Firefighters say Calloway told them he had been drinking, and police say he reeked of alcohol upon contact. As he tried to stand on his own, officers had to catch him several times as he attempted to topple over. He motioned he “wasn’t sure” when asked how much alcohol he had consumed, and after the first two field sobriety tests, Calloway stated, “I know I’ve failed the tests already; why are you embarrassing me?” and refused all other tests.
Metro Nashville Police say 23-year-old Griffin Dunn was traveling 63 mph in a 45 mph zone just before midnight Monday night and swerved between lanes multiple times. During a subsequent traffic stop, Dunn stated he was driving from the Rusty Nail Bar in Hermitage and was speeding because he was trying to get to a friend’s house. He admitted to drinking four drinks in the 45 minutes prior to driving. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and later blew a 0.118% BAC on a breathalyzer.
Police say they conducted a traffic stop on 37-year-old Musician Brandon Steadman after he used the parking lot of an East Nashville Aldi to cut through and bypass two traffic lights. He was reportedly visibly intoxicated and admitted to drinking prior to driving. He began, then stopped, field sobriety tests, and was taken into custody for DUI, violation of the implied consent law, and driving without a license, as his Texas license expired in 2015.
Police say 37-year-old Judson McKinney was driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street in downtown Nashville this weekend when he came up onto the sidewalk and collided with barricades. He kept telling police “I’m just a musician coming back from a gig” as he attempted to stand on 2nd Avenue. While he was insistent he had only consumed “one drink”, his pupils were largely dilated and non-reactive to light. He failed every attempt at a field sobriety test and refused to speak with officers further. He declined requests for his blood, however, officers obtained a warrant and transported him to Nashville General Hospital prior to being jailed.
Metro Nashville Police responded to an East Nashville home at 4 a.m. Friday after Musician Ryan Wright reported she was taking a shower when a woman (later identified as her friend and fellow musician, 26-year-old Cassidy Ford), was suddenly banging on the bathroom door. Ford was holding an orange knife upside-down in a stabbing position and started swinging it downward attempting to stab Wright. The victim received a two-inch laceration to her tricep before pushing Ford away from her and shutting the door.
Ford fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911, stating there was a woman breaking into her home. When police arrived at the home, Cassidy Ford attempted to prevent officers from entering, stating “I had a bad night, no one else is here besides my friend”. Officers entered the residence and found Wright, injured and still sheltering in the bathroom, in a full state of panic. The knife was located in the kitchen. Cassidy Ford was charged with the felony aggravated assault of her friend and was jailed on a $15,000 bond.
Police say 29-year-old Benjamin Svardahl, who goes by the stage name of ‘Benny James’, failed to move over for lane closures due to a traffic accident on I-40 in the early hours of Sunday morning, and nearly hit two vehicles and one officer, who had to jump over the barrier to avoid Svardahl’s oncoming car. Officers were able to pull him over 2 miles down the road, at mile marker 205, and observed him to be extremely intoxicated, with thick and mumbled speech and the inability to find his wallet, which was in his lap. He claimed to have had “2 draft beers” during his 3.5-hour music gig that had just ended. He blew a 0.211% BAC on a breathalyzer test.
25-year-old musician Connor Lee Hicks was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail Thursday night on an outstanding felony warrant charging him with aggravated assault of his wife, Marissa Williams, leaving her with serious bodily injury.
He reportedly headbutted her so hard during an argument she required extensive surgery to repair the damage.