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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 20, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Venus Niner, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Pierrette L. Wessels.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; Kim R. Helper, District Attorney General; and Kelly Lawrence and Carlin C. Hess, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

After a bench trial, the Williamson County Circuit Court convicted the appellant, Pierrette L. Wessels, of driving under the influence (DUI), DUI per se, and failing to obey a traffic control device. The trial court merged the DUI per se conviction into the DUI conviction and sentenced the appellant to eleven months, twenty-nine days to be served as forty-eight hours in jail and the remainder on supervised probation. For failing to obey a traffic control device, the trial court sentenced the appellant to thirty days on probation to be served concurrently with the DUI sentence. On appeal, the appellant contends that the trial court erred by failing to grant her motion to suppress evidence. Based upon the record and the parties’ briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.