State judge Jerry L. Smith arrested for DUI on UT Strip in Knoxville

7:15 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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A state judge from Nashville is facing charges after he was arrested for driving under the influence in Knoxville.

Judge Jerry L. Smith sits on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Court documents show a Knoxville police officer noticed a car driving westbound on Cumberland Avenue with the hatch open around 11:38 p.m. Monday.

The officer pulled the driver over because it looked like some luggage might fall out of the car, but when he approached the car driver, the officer noticed the driver "had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and or intoxicant, slurred speech and was unable to perform standard field sobriety tests."

Smith also refused to take a blood test.

Smith did not identify himself as a judge to the arresting officer.

The officer took Smith into custody and charged him with DUI first offense and violation of implied consent.

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