Kingsport alderman arrested for DUI

Nick Shepherd • Jun 4, 2013 at 2:04 AM

A Kingsport alderman was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend while reportedly asking officers, "Don’t you know who I am?"

Jantry Shupe, 38, 2416 E. Stone Drive, was arrested and charged with failure to move over for lights and sirens, DUI and violation of implied consent law.

The incident began in the early morning hours of June 2. Officers were attempting to respond to a man with a gun at the Model City Motel. Officers Brad Conkin and Jared Glover were in route to the call on Stone Drive.

Officers approached a black Cadillac, driven by Shupe, in their lane of travel that made no attempt to move over for the police car, which had lights and sirens going, according to the police report. Officer Conkin also initiated the horn to aid with the lights and sirens, but police said the vehicle still would not clear the lane of travel.

After observing the Cadillac inconsistently maintaining constant lane travel and not moving over for blue lights and sirens, Conkin determined there was probable cause to believe that the driver was under the influence.

Conkin advised dispatch he could no longer help with the gun call because it was determined the driver was a danger to society.

Conkin followed the black Cadillac east on Stone Drive through the intersection on Eastman Road, all while blue lights and sirens were going, according to the police report.

The Cadillac continued eastbound then turned left onto Beechnut Drive, then right into Brandy Mill apartments, where the vehicle finally stopped.

The officers gave verbal commands from their patrol car for Shupe to get out of the car and onto the ground. After giving the order several times with no response, Conkin and Glover approached the vehicle, where they observed Shupe sitting in the driver’s seat, the police report stated.

Conkin gave verbal commands for Shupe to show his hands and exit the vehicle, but he refused, according to the police report. After police gave the commands a couple of more times, they said Shupe still refused to open the door. Finally, Conkin checked the driver’s side door and it was unlocked. He again gave demands for Shupe to exit with his hands up, but Shupe sat in his vehicle, according to the police report.

At this time, Conkin decided Shupe would not comply with his demands and determined to pull Shupe out of his car. He was pulled from the Cadillac and taken to the ground without incident.

Conkin then asked the driver his name and Shupe refused to talk. Again Conkin asked for a name and, according to the police report, Shupe responded, "Don’t you know who I am?"

Officers located Shupe’s wallet on the patdown and while talking with him, they noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Shupe refused a field sobriety test and continued to ask officers, "Don’t you know who I am?" and insisted the arrest was a set-up and the officer had no reason to pull him over, according to the police report.

Shupe stated he was coming from his office and from a Stone Drive restaurant where he had one beer. After further questioning, Shupe told officers he had a couple of glasses of wine before going to the restaurant.

Glover located a large white Styrofoam cup in the Cadillac’s cup holder. When Shupe was asked what was in the cup, he stated it was a restaurant tea with his own “tea blend.” The cup was opened and observed to contain liquid and to have a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, according to the police report.

While officers were speaking to Shupe, they said he jumped from topic to topic. He was transported to Kingsport City Jail. Once there, Shupe refused to give the officer his address, telephone number or sign any papers the staff asked him to, according to the police report.

Shupe was scheduled to appear in court Monday morning, but his attorney waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Kingsport General Sessions Court.

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