Murfreesboro nurse spits in sergeant’s face after DUI arrest

Murfreesboro nurse spits in sergeant's face after DUI arrest (Image 1)

A Murfreesboro woman faces several charges including assaulting a police sergeant after she was arrested for driving under the influence early Wednesday morning.

Jennifer Pitts, 34, of Murfreesboro was arrested around 1:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Memorial Boulevard in the parking lot of McDonald's, next to Taco Bell.

According to a police report, officers responded to a call that Pitts was very intoxicated in the Taco Bell drive-thru.

Upon arrival, police said Pitts was passed out in her car in the McDonald's parking lot.

It took several attempts for police to wake her up.

Once she got out of her car, the officer asked her to perform a series of field sobriety tests.

The officer said she was very uncooperative, smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and had slurred speech. She was also unsteady on her feet.

The officer arrested her for DUI.

As she was sitting in the back of the patrol car, Sgt. Anderson opened the door to get Pitts' permission to release her car to her mother.

Pitts then spit in the sergeant's face.

As Sgt. Anderson removed her from the vehicle, she stated, “I am a nurse practitioner.” She continued, “I hope that I take care of your mother one day because she would die.”

“It's never ok to threaten a police officer. We won't tolerate it whether those threats or direct or indirect,” said Kyle Evans, spokesman for the Murfreesboro Police Department.

Pitts was taken to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and was charged with DUI, assault of an officer and retaliation for past action.

Her bond is set at $10,000 and she is expected to appear in court June 20.

The police report states that Pitts is a nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, however Nashville's News 2 has since learned Pitts is not employed at the hospital.

Pitts was also arrested for DUI in Murfreesboro in 2009.

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