STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TONYA LAVETTE CHRISTOPHER - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 6, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Steven E. Smith, District Public Defender; and Coty Wamp, Assistant District Public Defender, for the appellant, Tonya Lavette Christopher.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Nicholas W. Spangler, Assistant Attorney General; Neal Pinkston, District Attorney General; and Bates W. Bryan, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Defendant, Tonya Lavette Christopher, pled guilty to driving under the influence (DUI), first offense. See Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-10-401. The Defendant's plea agreement preserved a certified question of law regarding the legality of the police encounter which preceded her arrest. Following our review, we conclude that the police officer's detention of the Defendant was justified upon reasonable suspicion of obstructing a roadway in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-17-307. Accordingly, the DUI judgment is affirmed.