A Chattanooga Police Department lieutenant is on paid administrative leave after getting arrested early Sunday on a DUI charge.
Joseph Carpenter, of Soddy-Daisy, was traveling on E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at approximately 1 a.m. with his headlights off, according to an arrest affidavit. A nearby state trooper caught up to Carpenter, who was off duty, while he was merging onto Highway 27 Northbound. The trooper clocked Carpenter at 67 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone.
Carpenter also crossed the yellow line on the left side of the road while driving, according to the affidavit. The trooper initiated a traffic stop near the Signal Mountain Road exit and noticed the "odor of an intoxicant coming from [Carpenter], as well as bloodshot eyes and slurred speech," according to the affidavit.
Carpenter, who was hired in April 2000, told the arresting trooper he drank two beers that night. He failed several field sobriety tests before being placed under arrest.
Carpenter is on leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.