Knox County school security officer arrested for DUI

Knox County school security officer arrested for DUI

Dustin Copeland (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Dustin Copeland (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County Schools security officer was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of DUI and pointing a gun at a person.

Police say Dustin Copeland, 25, pointed a firearm at an unknown person in the area of Jackson Avenue and Patton Street. A witness followed Copeland from the scene.

Officers encountered both of them on the ramp to Mall Road from westbound Interstate 640 around 4 a.m.

Police say that was when Copeland turned southwest onto Millertown Pike, and crossed the double yellow line into the opposite lane of travel.

Police stopped Copeland, discovering he had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and an odor of alcohol.

Copeland stepped out of the vehicle when asked, notifying officers a Glock handgun was in the passenger seat. One round of ammunition was in the chamber, with 14 rounds in the magazine.

Officers say Copeland performed poorly on sobriety tests.

He was then taken into custody and charged with roadway lane violation, DUI first offense, and possession of a handgun while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

A Knox County Schools spokesperson says he is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

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