KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville police officer was arrested early Friday morning on DUI charges in West Knoxville.
According to court documents, Woody Bingham, 36, is charged with driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while under the influence.
Officials say they were called to Waffle House, 507 Lovell Road, around 2:25 a.m. about a hit-and-run that happened at Cotton Eyed Joe, 11220 Outlet Drive.
Officers found a maroon Nissan Titan parked in the parking lot, over the curb and partially in the grass.
They say they smelled alcohol on the breath of Bingham, who was the driver, and said he was visibly intoxicated.
He admitted to officers that he had been drinking at Cotton Eyed Joe, and did not recall hitting anything, but did remember driving.
A passenger in the vehicle told officers Bingham was intoxicated and she had offered to drive the vehicle, but Bingham refused.
Bingham performed poorly on a field sobriety test, according to the court documents, and he was taken into custody for DUI. In addition, two loaded handguns were in his vehicle. Neither were department issued.
Police say he was off duty and in his personal vehicle at the time.
KPD officials say Bingham has been placed on administrative leave with pay and will be assigned to an administrative position beginning Monday.
They also say his police powers have been suspended and his equipment has been turned in.