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Jumping in backseat doesn't help driver escape DUI
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A man who had to be held down by four deputies just to draw his blood after he was arrested for drunk driving has been sentenced to 120 days behind bars.
The man, Mark A. Thomas, 48, entered a no-contest plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of third-offense DUI, resisting stop, and driving on a revoked license. He was directed to serve 120 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and must pay $1,150 plus court costs, perform 40 hours public service work, attend DUI Class and lose his driver license.
Thomas was pulled over by deputy Zach Morrison after the officer noticed one of his lights were not working. Upon stopping the truck, the deputy said he saw something suspicious.
“I saw the driver get into the backseat of the vehicle,” Morrison recalled. When I approached the vehicle, there was no one in the driver’s seat but there were four individuals in the vehicle.”
The passengers identified Thomas as the driver and it was discovered he had his license revoked following a DUI in 2014 in Davidson County. A bottle of vodka was on the floor underneath Thomas and there was a smell of alcohol in the vehicle.
Given the state law that allows officers to request a blood sample in cases of drunk driving suspicion, Thomas was asked to submit a sample. He refused prompting the deputy to get a search warrant for his blood.
“He was very angry, aggressive and a spit mask was placed on his head,” Morrison recalled. “Mr. Thomas had to be detained on the floor by four deputies and was resisting, screaming and trying to get up.”
Morrison said it took several attempts for ambulance personnel to draw the blood. The charge of tampering with evidence was dropped as part of the plea agreement.