The International Business Times reports that former Republican Representative of Tennessee, Jeremy Durham, was arrested on the charge of DUI following an incident over the weekend.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) said in a statement that officers responded to a traffic accident at the intersection of First Avenue North and Broadway at approximately 11:53 p.m. on Saturday, October 22,
Officers responding to the scene report that Durham showed signs of alcohol impairment and had slurred speech when responding to questions from police.
Durham resisted arrest when officers went to handcuff him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. While searching for Durham’s person, officers found a green metal herb or marijuana grinder with marijuana residue.
Durham refused to comply when asked to complete field sobriety tests and simply said, “Lawyer.” The former Congressman is facing charges of DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use, and resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search.
The MNPD has requested a warrant to collect Durham’s blood to find evidence of intoxication at the time of the crash.
Durham was released on bond the following morning.
Representative Durham was expelled from the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2016 on a vote of 70-2 after allegations of sexual misconduct with more than 20 women. Three of the women testifying said that they feared retaliation from Representative Durham.
House representatives deliberated for just over an hour before voting to oust him from the Tennessee Congress. The Tennessean reports this is only the second time that expulsion from the legislature has happened in the state of Tennessee since the Civil War.