Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee, Nashville
Session December 11, 2019
from the Circuit Court for Rutherford County No.
75CC1-2017-CR-77794 David M. Bragg, Judge
a bench trial, Robert D. Cameron, III, Defendant, was
convicted of driving under the influence ("DUI")
and DUI per se. On appeal, Defendant asserts that the trial
court erred in denying his Motion to Suppress the video
recording of his traffic stop, the blood test results, and
the results of his field sobriety tests. The trial court
found reasonable suspicion for the stop and probable cause
for the ensuing arrest. Finding no error, we affirm.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgments of the Circuit
Ryan Johnson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Robert
Duncan Cameron, III.
Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia
S. Lee, Senior Assistant Attorney General; Jennings H. Jones,
District Attorney General; and Brent L. Pierce, Assistant
District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of
L. Holloway, Jr., J., delivered the opinion of the court, in
which Robert W. Wedemeyer and Timothy L. Easter, JJ., joined.
L. HOLLOWAY, JR., JUDGE
13, 2017, the Rutherford County Grand Jury entered a true
bill charging Defendant with DUI, DUI per se, and leaving the
scene of an accident. On October 6, 2017, Defendant filed a
Motion to Suppress the video recorded from La Vergne Police
Department Officer Kaitlyn Bush's patrol car, the blood
test results, and the field sobriety results. The Motion was
argued on November 20, 2017.
on the Motion to Suppress
Bush was the only witness at the hearing. The video from
Officer Bush's patrol car was introduced without
objection as Exhibit 1.
September 11, 2016, Defendant was involved in a motor vehicle
accident while traveling eastbound on Interstate 24. He
stopped and exchanged names, addresses, vehicle registration
information, insurance information, and driver's license
information with the driver of the other vehicle. Officer
Bush was dispatched to the accident at 2:48 a.m. She
estimated the parties had been at the scene of the accident
approximately thirty minutes by the time she arrived. In the
video from her patrol car, two cars can be seen parked, one
behind the other, on the right hand side of the interstate as
Officer Bush's patrol car approached. She activated the
blue lights on her patrol car before reaching the scene. The
front vehicle can then be seen pulling out onto the
interstate and driving away. According to Officer Bush, as
she pulled alongside the remaining car where two individuals
were standing, she asked if the vehicle that was leaving was
involved in the accident. They answered "yes" and
pointed toward Defendant's vehicle, which was still
visible as he drove away. Officer Bush activated her
emergency siren and pursued Defendant, who pulled his vehicle
over approximately one-half mile from the accident scene.
Officer Bush "had observed [Defendant] leave the scene
of an accident" and was "unsure of what
[Defendant's] intentions were," she used her patrol
car's loudspeaker to order Defendant to exit his vehicle.
Defendant approached Officer Bush's patrol car ...