Metro Police Officer Decommissioned After DUI Arrest
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Metropolitan Nashville Police officer has been relieved of his duties after his early Monday morning arrest in downtown Nashville.
North Precinct Officer Travis Kneale was off-duty at the time of his arrest. The 26-year-old was charged with DUI, violation of the implied consent law for refusing to submit to a breath alcohol test, and unlawful gun possession while under the influence of alcohol.
A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper saw Kneale driving in his personal vehicle east along Broadway near 6th Avenue South without his headlights on, and pulled him over.
During the stop, the trooper noticed that Kneale smelled of alcohol and that his eyes were bloodshot and watery. He said Kneale was extremely unsteady on his feet and failed field sobriety tests.
A handgun was found in his vehicle’s console.
Kneale was decommissioned after being released from jail on $2,000 bond. He graduated from the Police Academy in December 2012.
Officer Kneale is at least the seventh member of Tennessee law enforcement to face disciplinary action in the past month.