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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was driving a state vehicle when he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence last weekend in Tullahoma, his office stated Tuesday.
“As the Tennessee secretary of state, Secretary Hargett is assigned a state vehicle for which personal use is allowed. Secretary Hargett pays taxes on the use of this vehicle,” Hargett spokeswoman Julia Bruck said in a statement. “Based on the outcome of legal proceedings, the department will take appropriate steps to comply with state policy.”
Her comments came as new details emerged of last Saturday’s early morning arrest after Hargett had earlier attended the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
Citing Coffee County court records, Nashville television station WKRN reported Tuesday that the arrest occurred after an officer observed Hargett departing from Bar 315 in Tullahoma with the vehicle riding over several lane markings while it traveled down three streets.
The police affidavit states the officer stopped the vehicle, detected an odor of an intoxicant coming from Hargett and noticed his eyes were glossy. It states Hargett kept repeating “yes, sir” at inappropriate times when he had not been asked a question, WKRN reported.
Hargett, 53, allegedly performed poorly on several field sobriety tests, and a passenger inside the vehicle told the officer that he and Hargett had been drinking four hours earlier, prior to the stop, WKRN reported. Hargett consented to a blood sample. Results are pending.
A Chattanooga Airport expansion is expected to boost the local economy.
Additional flight options could be coming to the Chattanooga Airport, when the $28-million expansion project is finished in about two years.
The expansion will nearly double the size of the airport, opening up the door for more airline partnerships and increased direct flights.
President of the Chattanooga Airport, Terry Hart mentioned they’ve already added direct flights to Miami, Florida, and are hoping to partner with additional airlines as the passenger numbers increase.
Hart pointed out the city has returned to nearly normal, pre-covid flight numbers, especially after the mask mandate was lifted.
Hart is confident the expansion will not only make traveling easier for residents, but it will boost the numbers of tourists checking out the city.
A portion of I-75 North in Bradley County was closed on Tuesday night.
According to TDOT, all northbound lanes of the Bradley Ridgecut at mile marker 17 were closed as of 9:47pm.
Details were limited as of news time.
TDOT said the lanes were closed for “police activity” and advised drivers to avoid the area if possible.
As of news time, TDOT had not given an estimated time for when the interstate will reopen.