BRISTOL, Tenn.—An off-duty city police officer was arrested Monday morning on driving under the influence charges.
Matthew H. Johnson, 24, of Bristol, Tennessee, was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. In addition to driving under the influence, he also faces charges of violation of the due care law and the implied consent law.
Trooper Jesse Kittle said he was dispatched to investigate a person who appeared to be intoxicated and passed out in the Taco Bell parking lot on Volunteer Parkway. A Bristol police sergeant told the trooper the driver was one of the city’s off-duty police officers and he appeared to be intoxicated.
The vehicle was parked at the restaurant’s drive-through and was up on the curb. City officers said they put the vehicle in park and checked to make sure there were no medical issues.
City Police Chief Blaine Wade said Tuesday that he is aware of the arrest.
“The officer has been placed on suspension and an internal investigation is ongoing,” Wade said.
Johnson was arrested and booked into the Sullivan County jail.