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Cheatham commissioner claims deputy had no right to pull him over

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ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) -

A county commissioner, recently arrested on his fourth DUI, said Wednesday deputies had no legal reason to pull him over.

Cheatham County Commissioner David Davidson's lawyer said his client's elected office had a lot to do with how officers responded, but those officers tell a different story.

"They definitely knew who they were dealing with. You can tell by the testimony of the officers talking on cell phones about Mr. Davidson and using his name," said attorney Mike Flanagan.

A deputy testified that in August, while off duty, he saw Davidson at a market on River Road staggering with slurred speech. And when the deputy then saw Davidson driving off in a pickup truck, he called an on-duty deputy who then pulled Davidson over.

But Flanagan said since Davidson wasn't driving erratically, the deputy had no business making the stop.

"I think the issue here is going to be the legality of the stop. That's what we're going to be looking at very closely, whether this officer had any legal reason to stop this vehicle," Flanagan said.

Prosecutors point out that Davidson's blood alcohol level was 0.13, which is above the legal limit, and he failed two field sobriety tests.

The officer who stopped Davidson testified the commissioner did not want to go to jail. He also testified Davidson said if he did arrest him, he would have him fired.

The officer went on to testify that Davidson claimed other deputies had stopped him in the past but just let him go.

Davidson had no comment as he left the courtroom Wednesday, but he has missed county commission meetings the past three months even though he remains in office.

Because this marks Davidson's fourth DUI arrest, although the three previous happened before he took office, the commission chairman said he hopes if Davidson needs help, he gets it.

Davidson's case was sent to a grand jury for review, and his next court appearance is in December.

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