Repeat offender uses spare key to drive after server takes keys; charged with DUI

64-year-old Frederick Topie was charged with driving under the influence second offense, possession of weed, and driving on a revoked license when a concerned server reported that a drunk driver may be located in the area.

On September 9th, Clarksville Police Officer Lanham was dispatched to investigate a drunk driver in the area of Madison Street and Memorial Drive. The report stated that the driver was suspected of operating a white Chevy Tahoe. Officer Lanham observed the vehicle exiting the Publix parking lot located at 1771 Madison Street. The officer witnessed the vehicle veer off into the grass and initiated a traffic stop. Officer Lanham made contact with the driver, Frederick Topie, and asked if he had consumed any alcohol that night, which he admitted he had.

Officer noted that Frederick was having difficulty keeping up with a normal conversation, and appeared to be delusional. Mr. Topie informed the officer that he had taken some Gabapentin 300mg for the pain in his hip. When Officer Lanham asked for identification, Frederick provided him with his debit card. The officer handed Frederick his walker and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Frederick also admitted that he had consumed three or four bottles of Budlight beer.

Frederick Topie (MCSO)
Frederick Topie (MCSO)

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were administered, however, the officer had to terminate the tests because Frederick was not able to follow the instructions. Officer Lanham spoke with the server that placed the call to the police who explained that Frederick had come into the Poor Man’s County Club at  1776 Madison Street, and was barely able to stand on his own. The server took his keys in an attempt to keep him from driving, but he used a spare key to leave the business. A search of the NCIC database revealed that Frederic’s license had been revoked since July 8th, 2020.

Officer Lanham conducted a search of the vehicle and found a joint in the center console, and a bottle of Gabapentin 300mg. Frederick was read the Tennessee Implied Consent law and provided consent for a blood draw. He was transported to Tennova at 651 Dunlop Lane, and then transported for booking.

Frederick Topie was arrested and charged with driving under the influence second offense, possession of weed, and driving on a revoked license. His bond was set at $6,000.

Cheyanne Conboy

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