CPD lieutenant arrested for DUI; moved from leave to modified duty after 4 days

CPD lieutenant arrested for DUI; currently on administrative leave (Image: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE (Friday, October 18th):

Chattanooga Police Department spokesperson Elisa Myzal confirm Lt. Carpenter was moved from administrative leave after only four days to modified duty. When NewsChannel 9 asked Myzal why he was moved to modified duty, she explained that Chief David Roddy looks at each case differently.

"Keep in mind, the officer on admin leave is getting paid so, if he/she can be put to work in some capacity while they're still getting paid, we try to do that when possible," said Myzal in an email.

Myzal did confirm that any officer on administrative leave and modified duty cannot wear a uniform, drive a city vehicle, or carry a department-issued weapon.


The Chattanooga Police Department says Lt. Joe Carpenter is currently on administrative leave pending a criminal and internal investigation.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) arrested Carpenter Sunday. He faces DUI charges.

According to an affidavit, Carpenter was traveling on East MLK Blvd without the car's headlights turned on. A THP officer caught up to the Carpenter as he turned onto Highway 27 Northbound.

THP says Carpenter was traveling at 67 mph in a 45 mph zone and was swerving across the yellow line.

A THP officer pulled Carpenter over for a traffic stop near the exit on Signal Mountain Road.

According to the affidavit, Carpenter had a strong smell of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. Carpenter said he had two beers.

The THP officer conducted a sobriety test. Police arrested Carpenter.

Officials say he was off duty at the time of the arrest.

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Chattanooga Police say Carpenter was hired in April of 2000.

We have reached out to CPD for a comment on Carpenter's arrest. We have not heard back yet.

This is a developing story depend on us to keep you updated.

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