Sheriff's Deputy Arrested for DUI, Placed in a Dog Cage
By: Gerri Elder
A sheriff's department in Tennessee had to unleash some unusual tactics after they arrested one of their own.
The Kingsport Times-News first reported this strange story about a police offer who found himself on the wrong side of the handcuffs after being charged with DUI.
Samuel Monroe Bledsoe, a 47-year-old Sullivan County Sherriff’s Office deputy, was arrested for DUI recently, in what was allegedly a tumultuous and strange exchange between himself and arresting troopers.
Bledsoe was arrested by troopers for DUI, after he was allegedly found throwing up on himself. When he was placed in a squad car, according to the Times-News, he repeatedly kicked the inside of the car and screamed at the arresting officer that they had cost him his job. According to the arrest report, Bledsoe also attempted to slam the squad car door on the arresting officer.
Bledsoe was allegedly so belligerent and destructive in the course of the arrest that troopers placed him in a cage typically used for their K-9 unit “to prevent injury to himself or state property.”
The original call came in to the troopers that there was a possible drunk driver driving on Interstate 81. The call had come from a Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP truck that had initially stopped to help the car, which had a flat tire and was stopped on the side of the road. Instead of a motorist in need, records indicate that The HELP truck driver found a man who was vomiting and seemed extremely drunk. That would turn out to be Bledsoe’s father-in-law.
When troopers arrived on the scene, they found the father-in-law passed out face down in the snow, and Bledsoe himself was in another car, behind the one with the flat tire. The HELP truck driver identified Bledsoe as the driver of the first car, even though troopers found him sleeping in his wife’s car, the second one at the scene. According to the Times-News, troopers opened the door and smelled a strong odor of alcohol, and Bledsoe agreed to a request to perform field sobriety tests.
A trooper stated that Bledsoe did not perform well on those tests. Troopers had to explain one of them 18 times before Bledsoe took to it, and even then they said that he performed poorly.
Bledsoe stumbled and had to be supported by the troopers on the way to the squad car. He claimed at first that he’d only had a beer, but then admitted to having consumed whiskey with his father-in-law.
On the way to the hospital, Bledsoe's alleged unruliness escalated as he kicked at the patrol car from the inside. The trooper transporting him had to stop twice to settle his passenger down. On the second stop, the trooper received the authority to place Bledsoe into the dog cage in the back of his car to prevent further damage or injury.
The report says Bledsoe told the trooper, “I hope you are proud of yourself for this and costing me my job.” He was fired on the next Monday, following an internal investigation and a review of the arrest incident.