Officer resigns, was charged with DUI, gun charge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Metro Nashville Police officer who faces a weapons violation and a DUI charge has resigned from the department.

According to The Tennessean, Arthur Messmer turned in his resignation. The 44-year-old former night shift patrol officer worked out of the Madison Precinct.

The Police Department said Messmer was decommissioned after an incident in late January. After roll call, Messmer was called back to the precinct for an administrative matter when his sergeant smelled alcohol on his breath. The supervising officer said Messmer said he had drunk alcohol earlier in the day, but he failed field sobriety tests.

He was charged with DUI and possession of a firearm while impaired and on duty.

Messmer is scheduled to appear in court later this month.


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