When police asked 64-year-old Thomas Hardin why he had two different cups of wine in his cupholders, with varying amounts missing from each, he succinctly explained that one was for his red wine, and one for his white wine, both of which he was drinking behind the wheel of his vehicle Thursday night. Police were responding to a vehicle vs. pedestrian call when they located Hardin behind the wheel, obviously intoxicated. He stated “I can’t do this” during field sobriety tests, and also admitted to drinking at a venue prior to driving, too.
41-year-old Brian Traeger, who was formerly president of Live Nation’s Tennessee Business Unit in charge of programming at Ascend Amphitheater, told police he was completely at fault for hitting a parked car while driving his blue Audi A4 Saturday evening in Nashville, claiming he was texting and driving when the accident occurred. Officer say they smelled alcohol coming from Traeger’s breath, and that he was swaying and slurring his words during the interaction. When asked to perform field sobriety tests, Traeger reportedly agreed initially, then retracted his compliance and stated “just take a blood draw because it’s the most accurate”. Traeger was transported to Metro General Hospital for a blood draw and then to the Metro Nashville Jail, where he was charged with driving under the influence. He is free on pre-trial release.
25-year-old Clifford ‘Cliff’ O’Brien was booked into the Metro Jail just before daylight Sunday morning, charged with DUI. Police were called to the CSX train yard just after 4 a.m. as security had stopped a vehicle they observed driving on the dozens of train tracks at the location. The driver, who lives in Clarksville, told officers he had left a bar in downtown Nashville and his GPS took him to the South Nashville train yard, and onto the tracks, and he didn’t know how to get out. When asked to do a one-legged stand, the soldier instead marched forward while holding each foot in the air for three seconds. He eventually blew a 0.204 BAC on the breathalyzer. He is free on pre-trial release.
30-year-old Mary McDonough is charged with DUI after she crashed into a utility pole and large water storage tank which belonged to Army Surplus on Nolensville Pike. McDonough initially told officers she was “ran off the road by her ex-boyfriend who was stalking her”, and that she had urinated on herself because “police scared her when they arrived”. She is free on pre-trial release.
32-year-old William Swift was charged with DUI after he demolished a McDonald’s drive-thru menu and speaker with his Ford and insisted to police that his debit card was his ID.
28-year-old Tyler Eskridge was charged with drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and implied consent after striking two vehicles while driving the wrong direction down Nolensville Pike.
42-year-old Anita Leonard was charged with driving under the influence, 4th offense, after driving through a construction site while intoxicated.