Officer faces DUI charge after crashing patrol car

Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 4:10pm
Staff reports
John Cumberland

Metro Police have taken the gun and badge of an East Precinct Crime Suppression Unit officer after he crashed his unmarked patrol car into a ditch on Newsome Station Road early Thursday morning.

John Cumberland, 32, faces charges of drunken driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Officers responding to citizen's report of the crash found that Cumberland smelled of alcohol and, after performing field sobriety tasks, indicated impairment.

A breath alcohol test registered 0.12 percent — well over Tennessee's legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said.

Cumberland got off work at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

He has been decommissioned pending an administrative investigation which is separate from the criminal matter.

Cumberland’s bond was set at $7,000.


1 Comment on this post:

By: slzy on 9/27/09 at 2:06

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