A Madisonville Police officer resigned from his job Monday after he was arrested on a DUI charge early that morning.
Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Newman said Dylan Bledsoe, 25, turned in his resignation notice when he was informed he would not be kept on the job.
“It was the only choice he had other than being fired,” Breeden said. “He refused a breath test and that’s an automatic driver’s license suspension. I can’t use a patrolman who can’t drive a patrol car.”
Bledsoe has been with the department for several years and Breeden said he had been a good officer.
“I hate to see something like this happen,” he said. “He’s a good kid and was good at his job. But we all make mistakes and we have to take responsibility for them.”
Bledsoe was pulled over around 1 a.m. on Monday, according to Tennessee Highway Patrolman James Burger. Burger said he saw Bledsoe driving left of the center and running a stop sign on Anderson Street.
Burger said he stopped Bledsoe and immediately noticed Bledsoe had blood-shot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol.
When asked, Bledsoe allegedly admitted he had been drinking. Bledsoe then performed poorly on several field sobriety tests. Burger said Bledsoe refused to perform the breath test, leading to the implied consent charge that led to his license being taken.
Bledsoe was charged with DUI and cited for not wearing a seatbelt, driving left of center, not providing proof of insurance and running a stop sign.
Breeden said Bledsoe has been having personal problems lately, but when asked why he had driven after drinking, he told Breeden he was going to get something to eat.
At Monday night’s city board meeting, Police Commissioner Fred Cagle was given permission to hire a replacement for Bledsoe.