State Appeals Court judge arrested on DUI charges

DeBusk said an officer stopped Smith

Jerry L. Smith

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals judge has been charged with drunken driving in Knoxville.

Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk told The Knoxville News Sentinel that 58-year-old Jerry Smith of Nashville was arrested shortly before midnight on Monday.

DeBusk said an officer stopped Smith's car because the rear hatch was open and luggage was about to fall out.

The officer then found that Smith had slurred speech and unsteady, bloodshot eyes.

Smith refused to submit to a blood alcohol test, bringing another charge for violation of the implied consent law.

Smith was ordered released on his own recognizance after he was sober.

A person answering the phone at Smith's office said he has no comment.

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