Former State Trooper Indicted on DUI, Illegal Handgun Possession

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety; August 8, 2012: 

NASHVILLE — The Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced that a former state trooper assigned to the Cookeville District had been indicted by a Putnam County grand jury on criminal charges.

Jonathan Reed was indicted for driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while under the influence. Both charges are class A misdemeanors and carry possible sentences of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail. Reed was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

The indictment stems from a criminal investigation into an incident on March 27 in Putnam County. Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott terminated Reed in June for “gross misconduct” following an internal investigation into the incident. Reed did not appeal the termination and did not seek a minimum due process hearing.

The internal investigative file will remain closed to the public until the criminal case against Reed has concluded.