A helicopter pilot for the THP has been grounded following an arrest for driving under the influence in Tennessee. Gregory Brown was stopped a few miles from his Crossville home on July 30 after a police officer saw him swerving down the road and briefly cross into oncoming traffic. Brown failed a series of field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test. The arresting officer noted that a cup of beer was in the center console of Brown’s pick-up truck.
Brown was charged with Tennessee DUI and a violation of the state’s implied consent law. TN DUI law establishes that anyone refusing to have their blood alcohol content tested is subject to a one year suspension of driver’s license.
Brown, 40, has been a THP trooper since 1997 and a helicopter pilot since 2007. He is one of four pilots working for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Brown has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation into the incident.
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