A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was arrested early Monday morning in Paris for allegedly driving under the influence.
A Paris Police Department officer saw a running vehicle off the roadway at about 5 a.m. during a routine patrol. The officer saw the driver, a white male later identified as 36-year-old Daryl Veliz, slumped over in the seat, according to a PPD news release.
The Jackson Sun and the Associated Press initially reported the arrest.
Open containers of alcohol were in plain view inside the truck, police said. Officers also recovered a loaded handgun from inside the vehicle.
Veliz performed poorly in a field sobriety test, according to PPD. He was off-duty at the time of his arrest, according to THP.
Veliz is charged with DUI first offense, violation of implied consent and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.
Tennessee's implied consent law states that anyone operating a vehicle in Tennessee automatically consents to a breathalyzer test to determine blood alcohol content. If there is probable cause to suspect an individual was operating a vehicle while under the influence. Failure to consent to a breath test is a Class A misdemeanor, as is possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
A first-time DUI charge is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, license restrictions or revocation, fines and/or installation of an ignition lock device.
THP placed Veliz on discretionary paid leave pending an internal investigation. He bonded out of custody of Henry County jail on Monday.