Narcotics deputy’s past record includes multiple DUI charges - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Narcotics deputy’s past record includes multiple DUI charges

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(WMC-TV) – Action News 5's Janice Broach has uncovered new information about the Shelby County narcotics deputy charged with driving under the influence in early December.

Shelby County Narcotics Deputy Lawrence Bowling was charged with a DUI at the beginning of December.

Information released on Friday includes details about Bowling's record with the sheriff's department.

Investigators say Bowling crashed his patrol car into a fire hydrant just before 2:30 a.m. on December 5.

When deputies arrived they said they smelled intoxicants on Bowling's breath and he was unstable on his feet. He refused all field sobriety tests and was arrested and charged with DUI.

Bowling has been with the Sheriff's department for more than 20 years.

In 2001, he was suspended for ten days without pay after he was arrested for public intoxication, DUI, and refusal to take a field sobriety test.

Investigators say his truck was parked at a market with his engine running, the lights off, his door open, and he was passed out.

In 1995, Bowling was involved in a rear-end collision at Southern and Goodlett. Investigators say he tried to pay for damages on the scene. Also in 1995, Bowling was involved in a fight, in which he smelled of alcohol.

Sgt. Bowling is still relieved of duty and suspended with pay after the DUI on December 5. The sheriff's Department is investigating the latest incident.

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