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July 08, 2013
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Video of Tenn. DUI checkpoint confrontation goes viral

A young driver refused to hand over his ID, roll down his window, or give the frustrated cop any information

By PoliceOne Staff

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. — A video taken from the inside of a man’s vehicle when he is pulled over at a DUI checkpoint on July 4 has gone viral — and has people arguing over what rights were violated, if any. 

The driver in the video, which has been viewed over 2.9 million times, tells the officer that he is 21, but hesitates to roll down his window or hand the officer his license, saying that unless he is being detained, he doesn’t have to do either.

The officer, who is identified in the video as A.J. Ross, orders the man to pull his car to the side of the road and exit the vehicle.

“I have the Constitutional freedom to travel without being randomly stopped and questioned,” the driver tells the officer outside of the vehicle.

The driver does not give consent for his person or vehicle to be searched, so a K-9 is brought to the scene.

Knoxville DUI attorney Steve Oberman told WBIR.com that the officer was not necessarily out of bounds and that the driver should have followed orders.

 “[Failing] to obey the lawful command of a police officer — that in and of itself is a crime," he said.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident. 

 






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