Mt. Juliet ‘reckless driver’ admits to using drugs earlier in the day

30-year-old Joshua McKenzie was charged with driving under the influence after police responded to a call about a reckless driver and when he was found in a parking lot, he pretended that he hit a rock in the road. He then admitted to taking Suboxone and smoking marijuana earlier in the day.

On May 16th, Officer Neal received a call regarding a reckless driver in the middle of Lebanon Road. Upon arrival, Neal found a vehicle matching the description in the parking lot. As Neal began to approach the car, Joshua McKenzie exited the vehicle and claimed to have hit a rock in the road.

Joshua Mckenzie (WCSO)
Joshua Mckenzie (WCSO)

McKenzie’s eyes were noticeably red, watery and droopy. Neal also noted McKenzie’s speech being very lethargic, according to the affidavit. Following further questioning, McKenzie admitted to being under the influence of Suboxone and weed throughout the day.

Neal administered multiple field sobriety tests, of which McKenzie showed signs of impairment. Cpl. Barth later arrived on the scene and tested the vehicle with a K-9 unit, the dog being alerted by two cut straws inside a wooden container laced with white residue.

Joshua McKenzie was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He was later released on his own recognizance.

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