Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Trooper Tommie Boleyn, 48, was terminated because he "violated THP policies and procedures" during a DUI stop on Aug. 31 in Shelbyville, according to a press release from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) on Monday.
According to the release, "Boleyn did not follow stop and approach procedures; did not identify himself as a Tennessee state trooper; and engaged in two physical altercations with the DUI suspect, although the suspect was not physically aggressive." The suspect was charged with DUI and his case is pending.
The department referred the incident to the district attorney for "possible criminal behavior." The release said that Boleyn had been disciplined before for unprofessional conduct and excessive force.
"We expect more out of our state troopers, and this type of behavior will not be tolerated. We acted swiftly to thoroughly investigate the allegations and take the appropriate and necessary disciplinary action," Commissioner Gibbons said.
The DSHS said the investigation was initiated on Sep. 9 and Boleyn was placed on discretionary leave with pay. He turned in his weapons, badges, and commission card. Citing state law, the department said his termination is effective on Oct. 31. Boleyn joined the THP in July 2000, resigned about eight years later, and returned in 2009.
"The actions of this trooper are not reflective of the hundreds of men and women who honorably wear the Tennessee Highway Patrol badge and put their lives on the line to protect citizens every day," Colonel Trott said.
A DSHS spokeswoman said she could not release the dashcam video to Examiner. "The video is a piece if (sic) evidence in that pending criminal case [against the DUI suspect], so it cannot be released at this time."