Tyner Vice Principal suspended after DUI

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The Hamilton County Department of Education has suspended Chartoris Jones, the Vice Principal of Tyner Academy, after he was recently arrested and charged with DUI.

An affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9 says police in Red Bank arrested Jones on Sunday night, after an officer says he clocked Jones going 53 miles an hour at the 2300 block of Dayton Boulevard.

The officer estimated that when Jones passed him, he was going 60 miles per hour, while the officer was going 40 miles per hour, which is the speed limit.

The affidavit says the officer saw Jones pull into the Taco Bell parking lot, and questioned him there. It says the officer asked Jones why he was speeding, and he replied "I'm sorry, I'm just trying to get to Taco Bell. The officer asked Jones why he sped past him earlier, and the affidavit says Jones replied "I drove passed (sic) you?"

The affidavit says the officer could smell alcohol coming from the car, and that Jones' "eyes were glassy." It says Jones told the officers he had had two Manhattans at the London Calling club a little earlier.

The officer then performed several sobriety tests, which he says Jones failed. The affidavit says Jones blew a .206 and .204 on two separate breathalyzer tests. The legal limit in Tennessee is .08, which means Jones would have had twice the legal limit in his system.

The officer then put Jones in the back of his patrol car and booked him for DUI.

Hamilton County Schools spokesman Tim Hensley tells NewsChannel 9 that Jones is suspended pending the outcome of this case.

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