20-year Metro police veteran charged with DUI while on duty

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 1:40pm
Staff reports
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Arthur Messmer

A 20-year Metro police veteran was arrested overnight after his supervisors became suspicious that he was under the influence of alcohol while on duty.

Officer Arthur Messmer, of the newly formed Madison Precinct, was charged with DUI and possession of a firearm while under the influence of an intoxicant after while he was working the midnight shift.

Messmer has been decommissioned of all police authority and now faces disciplinary action following a police department internal investigation into his actions.

He is the second Metro police officer charged with DUI since late Saturday night.

According to police, when his superiors called Messmer, 44, back to the station shortly after the midnight shift roll call to handle some administrative matters, a sergeant detected the odor of alcohol and questioned Messmer, who acknowledged drinking earlier in the day Monday.

Messmer submitted to field sobriety tasks, which police allege showed indicators of impairment. A blood sample was drawn prior to Messmer’s booking and will be analyzed by the TBI Crime Laboratory.

His bond on the two charges was set by a judicial commissioner at $10,000.

11 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 1/31/12 at 2:41

On duty? This man deserves to be fired, and not retired.

At the age of 44 years with 20 of them as an officer he surely knows what "drinking on the job" is all about.

By: RTungsten on 1/31/12 at 3:48

This is the second cop to get a DUI....today!

By: dargent7 on 2/1/12 at 6:16

If that's a real-time mug shot, he looks loaded. He'll be fired.
I do hope he keeps his pension.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/1/12 at 7:50

Sometimes it appears that the Metro Police Department does not get any applicants that are also not candidates for either criminals or worthless bums.

I remember from high school three boys that became cops. My friends were surprised as we thought that they were comparatively unintelligent,cowardly and on the cusp of morality.

By: NewYorker1 on 2/1/12 at 9:13

OH NO!!!!! That poor baby.

By: Moonglow1 on 2/1/12 at 11:32

Moonglow1: Who is managing our police force. I do not recall so many issues under the previous Chief of Police. Get a grip!! Pay them more and get better candidates. Something is very wrong here. We have a gang problem and these are Nashville's finest!! Is this the best we can do?

By: Left-of-Local on 2/1/12 at 1:12


Metro does not take DUI enforcement seriously, and whole thing is typically a sham by area PDs used to gain grant money and federal bucks. Smyrna got busted for impounding cars and writing public-drunkenness tickets instead of DUI like they should, a few years back.

Myself, I pointed out a man with an open container in the parking lot of a Mapco to an Metro cop, whose response was "ok, I'll radio to DUI enforcement" as the guy drove off. Very lazy and he did NOT hop on the radio immediately at all. Just strolled in to get his next donut.

These a-holes need to have the book thrown at them and most of their operation turned upside down.

By: govskeptic on 2/2/12 at 5:15

Of course, the Union will insist he get his pay for 6 months or more while the
matter is investigated along with time for the public to forget about this
incident. If fired, the pitiful and always forgiving Civil Service Board will put
him back on the job! DA & Judge will accept plea to "reckless walking"!

By: dan3843 on 2/2/12 at 7:29

30 days in drug/alcohol treatment then.nondriving probation and mandatory AA meetings for a year. If it happens again then fire his butt.
No matter how he looks now or what you think of your high school buddies metro has a lot of money invested in this guy. Maybe he can get his life back and be a valuable metro employee.

By: RTungsten on 2/2/12 at 9:22

@dan3843: So, you would be fine if you needed a cop and this guy shows up drunk?

By: bfra on 2/2/12 at 9:28

He should be treated like other employees in this situation. Fire him on the spot, no pension & let him look for work like all others that are unemployed.