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Convicted Drunk Driver Allegedly Threatens Juror From His Trial

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by Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Franklin Police officers arrested Gregory Mathews late last week after he allegedly threatened one of the jurors who convicted him on a DUI charge in January.

According to police, Mathews realized he knew one of the customers at Mickey Roos Barbeque on Hillsboro Road Friday night and approached the man.

"The way that the victim explained it, the suspect actually approached him and said, 'hey I recognize you, are you Mr. So and So,'" said Lt. Charlie Warner from the Franklin Police Department.

The victim also recognized Mathews from his January DUI trial where the victim served as a juror at the Williamson County Courthouse in Franklin.

Police said Mathews became confrontational with the former juror.

"The suspect actually threatened his life. Threatened to kill him and his family," Warner said.

The victim was able to get away from Mathews and called police, while the 45-year-old convicted drunk driver left the restaurant.

"When we responded, we located the suspect outside in an alley behind that establishment. Made contact with him and arrested him," according to Warner.

Mathews was charged with the class E felony of retaliation for a past action and public intoxication.

Warner said it is a serious charge, because police take the crime very seriously.

"It's hard enough to be a juror, it's hard enough to be a public servant. But when you get recognized as one of those thing and threatened because of it, it's unacceptable," Warner said.

Mathews has a lengthy criminal record. His conviction in January was for his second DUI arrest.

Mathews was booked into the Williamson County Jail and later released on a $5,000 bond. He is due back in court on March 28.

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