Sheriff OK With Special Treatment Of Deputy

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold said an off-duty deputy who was pulled over for speeding but not ticketed was just being shown professional courtesy.

The Daily News Journal reports that Deputy Daniel Thomas was clocked going 99 mph in a 70 mph zone in September. The trooper conducting the stop also initially said he suspected Thomas was driving under the influence.

However, Thomas wasn’t given a field sobriety test or a ticket. His vehicle was towed and his father, a sheriff’s detective, came to the scene and drove Thomas and a female passenger home.

State Trooper D’Angelo Inman, who stopped Thomas, was later fired.

But Arnold said he didn’t see a problem because “everybody that works with somebody in the same profession … they help each other out.”


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