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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - He had a history of making prominent DUI arrests, several which involved Tennessee Titans. Effective Tuesday, Metro police reassigned DUI officer Shawn Taylor.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates first reported that Metro police opened an internal affairs investigation after Taylor's traffic stop involving Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi.
Police said he was not being demoted -- just reassigned. A phone call he made during the McNair traffic stop played a role in the decision.
"Guess who I've got stopped?" said Taylor on the phone during the DUI stop.
He made the call right after he pulled over the SUV driven by Sahel Kazemi with Steve McNair in the passenger seat.
"Yep, drunk as, he's drunk as hell. She's not," said Taylor on the phone during the DUI stop.
Taylor used his cell phone and called a fellow officer. His supervisors said he should have known all DUI stops are recorded and everything he said was caught on tape. They said the call was not professional.
"I didn't even see him at first. I was thinking ‘man she look familiar, man she looks familiar' and all of a sudden he leans over," said Taylor on the phone during the DUI stop.
Police opened an internal affairs investigation which still continues. Officer Taylor will work out of the North Precinct, which means he will no longer patrol Broadway.
Not long after the Kazemi arrest, he arrested former Tennessee Titan Chris Davis for DUI. Taylor was a leader in DUI arrests, but he had a checkered history.
A judge dismissed an earlier DUI arrest of Steve McNair saying Taylor had no reason to pull him over in the first place. He was reprimanded for taking DUI arrests tapes home and showing them off.
"Why me? I'm just trying to find a DUI," said Taylor on the phone during the DUI stop.
Police said Taylor's pay will remain the same. As a North Precinct Patrol officer, he can still make DUI stops. They just won't be his primary focus.
Metro police are not sure when the internal affairs investigation into that phone call will be completed. Taylor could face sanctions as a result of the report.