Deputy dash cam video offers other side to viral DUI checkpoint

Deputy dash cam video offers other side to viral DUI checkpoint post

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The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department dash cam video gives a different perspective than the one offered from the YouTube video posted by 21-year-old Chris Kalbaugh. The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department dash cam video gives a different perspective than the one offered from the YouTube video posted by 21-year-old Chris Kalbaugh.
Kalbaugh released the edited video of the July 4 checkpoint last week. Kalbaugh released the edited video of the July 4 checkpoint last week.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

MURFREESBORO (WATE) – Video from a DUI checkpoint has gone viral, but now another side of the story is coming out with the release of the deputy's dash cam video.

Thursday, the Rutherford County Sheriff's department released the unedited video of the 30-plus minute checkpoint stop. It gives a different perspective than the one offered from the YouTube video posted by Chris Kalbaugh, 21.

Kalbaugh released the edited video of the July 4 checkpoint last week.

Kalbaugh: "Am I being detained?"

Deputy AJ Ross:  "Pull over to the side right there."

Kalbaugh: "Am I being detained?"

Ross: "Pull over to the side right there!"

The edited YouTube video has received nearly four million views and thousands of comments but a new video reveals a new angle.

The dash cam video from Deputy AJ Ross' vehicle shows the moment when Kalbaugh steps out of his vehicle, which is an angle not visible from his video.

Ross: "Are you an attorney or something? Do you know what the law is?"

Kalbaugh: "Yes sir I do."

Questions have been raised over both Kalbaugh and Ross' actions at the checkpoint.

Ross: "Listen to what I am saying!"

Kalbaugh: "I'm listening."

Ross: "No you're not you're trying to run your mouth over me. And it ain't working out because I'm going to win."

In the dash cam video, Deputy Ross explains why Kalbaugh is stopped, a conversation edited out of Kalbaugh's version.

Ross: "When people act like that, a lot of times they're hiding something, are you hiding something? Do you have anything illegal in your vehicle?"

Kalbaugh: "I do not."

The officers asked to search Kalbaugh's vehicle, and he did not consent. So, officers brought in the K9 officer to search.

The dog indicated something suspicious was in the car. However, Kalbaugh said there was nothing for the dog to find.

"I definitely don't smoke marijuana or do drugs," Kalbaugh says to the deputy.

In the video, we hear the officer say they found something-- another moment edited out of Kalbaugh's video.

Ross: "There's a few seeds in the passenger seat of marijuana."

Kalbaugh said it might be left over from the person from whom he bought the vehicle. The officer didn't cite Kalbaugh. At the end of the 30-minute video, in a much calmer voice, Deputy Ross explained again why he was stopped.

"I appreciate the Constitution, I really do, I don't violate peoples civil rights, never have, but you have to understand there's also the law," Deputy Ross said to Kalbaugh.

At the scene, Deputy Ross pointed out to Kalbaugh that his supervisor is present, if he would like to make a complaint. Kalbaugh does not and he continues on his way.

Since the incident, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department has reviewed the tape and found no wrongdoing on the part of Deputy Ross.

As of Tuesday, Kalbaugh has filed no formal complaint with the department.

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