Murfreesboro Police Lt. suspended over traffic stop

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A police officer is suspended for letting the son of the police department's deputy chief off the hook following a traffic stop.

Lt. Alan Smith will be suspended without pay for 20 days, will be transferred to another shift and will be required to take ethics training.

Kevin Garrett was taken into custody Feb. 21 on suspicion of drunken driving, and released with no blood test given and no charges filed.

A video of the stop was released March 18 in the wake of a pending joint open records request from the city of Murfreesboro and The Daily News Journal newspaper.

Smith, who was the shift officer on duty, gave Garrett a ride home the night of the stop.

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