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Police Sergeant Arrests Fellow Officer For DUI

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Lebanon Mayor Don Fox Lebanon Mayor Don Fox

LEBANON, Tenn.- A Middle Tennessee police sergeant was forced to arrest an officer he supervises for driving under the influence.

Lebanon policeman Christopher Irwin was picked up just before sun-up on Sunday. For now, the "rookie" officer is de-commissioned and suspended from the department with pay. But the city mayor is quick to point out Irwin is presumed innocent right now.

Any city official would say the situation is embarrassing. But, the mayor of Lebanon is commending the arresting sergeant, for doing the right thing and not turning his back on a fellow officer, allegedly breaking the law.

"It was 5:00 on a Sunday morning," said Lebanon Mayor Don Fox. "It could've been covered up very easily."

Sources tell NewsChannel 5, Officer Irwin was stopped with the car in reverse and one foot on the brake. Irwin was reportedly disoriented, and had no idea where he'd been, or how much he'd had to drink.

"But he has already been decommissioned. He has already had to surrender his gun, his badge, his patrol car. He is suspended until his hearing, and his hearing will be this week. It will not be a delayed situation," said Lebanon Mayor Don Fox.

Officer Irwin was charged with DUI and implied consent for refusing a breathalyzer test.

He was driving a civilian vehicle, not a city owned police car. A source also said the arresting sergeant found a half empty bottle of vodka inside the vehicle.

"You have a young man, very young man -- a rookie police officer that made a very serious mistake. He has embarrassed himself; he's embarrassed his family; and he's embarrassed our city, and his department," said Fox.

Christopher Irwin is being called a "rookie" officer because he hasn't been with the department long. Before joining LPD, he was an officer for two years in Watertown. The Watertown police chief said Irwin was a reputable officer who left under good circumstances.

Irwin spent the required four hours and five minutes in the Wilson County Jail Sunday morning. He was released around 9:30 a.m.

NewsChannel5 tried to get a comment from the Lebanon Police Department, but dispatchers refused to contact the chief at home.

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