Charges filed against Tennessee man

A Tennessee man has been charged with a felony after he was pulled over in Nashville last spring for speeding.

Nashville Police Officer Michael Williams pulled over a 2008 gold Pontiac driven by Gary L. Murphy, 64, Ashland City, Tennessee, at around 3 a.m. May 8 on State Road 46 East near the Brown County State Park north entrance for speeding.

Dispatch had received two calls reporting a possible intoxicated driver before Williams stopped the vehicle.

Williams reported smelling alcohol on Murphy, seeing alcohol beverage containers in his vehicle, that his speech was slurred, his eyes were red/watery, he had poor manual dexterity and that his balance was unsteady.

Williams also noted that Murphy could not follow simple commands.

A chemical test showed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.199, more than twice the legal limit for a driver.

He was charged Jan. 9 with operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator, a Level 6 felony; operating a vehicle while intoxicated — endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor; and operating a vehicle with an ACE of 0.15 or more, a Class A misdemeanor.