DUI: Thomas Courtney tells MNPD he’s “in his bed” when found asleep behind the wheel in traffic

Mt. Juliet’s Thomas Courtney, 51, of Courtney’s Restaurant & Catering, told officers he thought he was “in his bed” when they found him asleep behind the wheel of a running car late Thursday night in Nashville, heavily intoxicated

Metro Nashville Police responded to the intersection of Donelson Pike and Murfreesboro Pike at 11:24 p.m. on February 25th, to a report of a man asleep behind the wheel of a silver sedan sitting in the middle of a land of traffic. Officers found Thomas Courtney, 51, slumped over the wheel asleep and beginning to wake up. The keys were in the ignition and in the ‘on’ position. They eventually got Courtney out of the vehicle, noting observing bloodshot, watery, glass eyes, and a man that reeked of alcohol, who was slurring his speech and staggering when walking.

Thomas Courtney (MNPD)
Thomas Courtney (MNPD)

A warrant details that Courtney told officers he was “in his bed” when asked where he was. A records check revealed ‘multiple prior DUI convictions and that his license status was revoked. Thomas Courtney was charged with DUI 3rd+, and driving on revoked 2+. He is free on a $9,000 bond, with multiple pending court dates across multiple counties.

A TBI Background check reveals the full history of Thomas Courtney in Tennessee. In addition to these charges, Courtney was with aggravated domestic assault in 2020, violation of interlock device, driving on revoked, and DUI 2nd, in 2019. In 2017 he faced charges of failing to appear, criminal trespass, reckless driving, SCH II drug possession, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and unlawful weapon possession. As DUI incremental charges have a time expiry, Courtney faced a DUI 4th charged back in 2005, a DUI 3rd in 2003, as well as criminal impersonation and driving on revoked

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