DUI charges against former Grundy deputy dropped

DUI charges against former Grundy deputy dropped

April 6th, 2017 by Ben Benton in Breaking News

Joe Greenwell, formerly a Grundy County deputy, who was charged this morning (4/15) with DUI.

Joe Greenwell, formerly a Grundy County deputy, who...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Charges have been dismissed against a former Grundy County Sheriff's Office deputy who was charged with DUI in April 2015.

Joseph "Joe" L. Greenwell was arrested April 15, 2015, after he missed three days of work at the Grundy County Sheriff's Office and a deputy who went to check on him met Greenwell driving his a vehicle and pulled him over, the Times Free Press reported in 2015.

Greenwell, who was not on duty at the time, was charged after he reportedly failed sobriety tests given by another deputy and observed by Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum. Greenwell also submitted to a blood-alcohol test.

According to Grundy County Circuit Court records, the charge was dismissed "without prejudice" on Oct. 6, 2015, with a note that the charge was dismissed because Greenwell's blood-alcohol level "was below the legal limit," states the document on file in Grundy County signed by General Sessions Judge William R. "Trey" Anderson III.

The dismissal, formally called a "nolle prosequi," means law enforcement and the district attorney's office will no longer seek the prosecute to case.

The dismissal orders that no court costs be assessed against Greenwell.