Tennessee Man arrested for DUI during Complaint Investigation in Kentucky stated that He was unaware that You could not "Drink and Drive"

LONDON, KY - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Tommy Houston along with Deputy Marcus Stigall and Deputy Bobby Jones arrested Dhavalkumar Patel age 34 of Mount Juliet, Tennessee early Monday morning May 2, 2022 at approximately 1:28 AM.

The arrest occurred in a business parking lot off Highway 312 approximately 10 miles South of London after deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the vicinity there.

Deputies located the suspect vehicle, a black Chevrolet Traverse, and conducted an investigation on its driver.

Deputies noted an open alcoholic beverage container in the console. The investigation determined that the driver was under the influence.

The driver stated that he was unaware that you could not drink and drive.

Dhavalkumar Patel was charged with:

  • Operating a motor vehicle under the influence – first offense
  • Possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle prohibited

This individual was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Photo of accused attached is courtesy of the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Deputies assisting at the scene included Interdiction unit Justin Taylor and Interdiction unit Landry Collett.


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