A deputy with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office was arrested in Cheatham County over the weekend. Deputy Brent Allen was charged with driving under the influence, evading arrest, and speeding after he “narrowly” missed striking a Cheatham deputy’s patrol car while speeding by him on February 3, 2018.
Initially confirmed by radar, Allen was traveling 68 MPH in a posted 50 MPH zone on Highway 12 (northbound ) near Marks Creek. Once the Cheatham deputy initiated his siren and lights, Allen refused to stop, reaching speeds “in excess of 100 MPH,” reports say.
When the pursuit reached the Maxey Hill area, Allen began to slow down to better navigate the roadway curves; the vehicle eventually came to a stop near Macon Wall Road.
Upon first contact with the driver, the Cheatham deputy noticed that Allen was “emotionally upset” and displayed signs of impairment; he admitted to consuming four beverages before getting behind the wheel.
Allen initially refused a field sobriety test but eventually changed his mind; he did not pass multiple aspects of the test, and was placed into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Allen then stated that he had actually consumed six beers and two drinks before getting behind the wheel of his truck.
The suspect refused BAC testing and was transported to the Cheatham County Detention Center where a search warrant was obtained to draw blood. Allen was taken to Ashland City’s TriStar Emergency Room where the test was performed and forwarded to the crime lab for evaluation.
According to the Dickson County Sheriff's Office, Allen began his employment with them in January of 2013 and was assigned to patrol in July of 2017.
"Deputy Allen has been placed on suspension without pay pending the review of the information surrounding his arrest," says Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe.