Metro officer arrested, decommissioned for reportedly stealing from DUI suspect

Joshua Vaughn (Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Metro-Nashville police officer was arrested and decommissioned for reportedly stealing from a DUI suspect.

West Precinct patrol officer Joshua Vaughn has been charged with misdemeanor theft.

According to a press release, Officer Vaughn, along with Officer Robert Buckman, responded to a car accident at 10:55 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Charlotte Avenue and 38th Avenue.

The driver, who was suspected of driving under the influence, was taken to a local hospital. Officer Vaughn reportedly looked through the driver’s 2013 Lexus before it was towed away.

When he was done, Officer Burkman says he noticed a bulge under Vaughn’s traffic vest as he walked back to his police car.

Burkman notified his sergeant of what he saw.

Once Vaughn’s patrol car was back at the west precinct, two sergeants peaked inside and reportedly saw a large, full bottle of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey in the back cargo area.

The two sergeants then went to the hospital to speak with the DUI suspect, who confirmed that he had a bottle of whiskey in the Lexus.

Police say when they confronted Officer Vaughn, he admitted to taking the bottle from the car. He also said he later poured the whiskey out and discarded the bottle, according to authorities.

The police department’s Office of Professional Accountability is now doing an internal investigation into Vaughn’s actions and disciplinary proceedings are pending.

Officer Vaughn, 29, has worked for the Metro Nashville Police Department since January 2013.

Vaughn was released from the Metro jail Saturday afternoon.