Soddy Daisy police officer on leave after off duty incident
A Soddy Daisy Police officer is on unpaid leave after an off duty incident over the weekend.
According to the incident report filed by deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Officer Ryan Patterson was on his way home from a birthday party at Charlie's Lounge in Soddy Daisy around 3 a.m. Saturday. He had two women in his vehicle.
Leaving the restaurant, he claims he was bright-lighted by a vehicle behind him. That vehicle was driven by a woman who says she was on her way home from the gym.
Patterson pulled over to let her pass, but followed her into her driveway on Mowbray Mountain. That's when the woman's husband met both vehicles in the driveway with his gun.
While officer Patterson and the homeowner talked the two other women in Patterson's vehicle got out and began fighting with the homeowner's wife.
The homeowner fired warning shots into the ground and told Officer Patterson and the two women to get on their knees and wait for officers to arrive.
Once officers arrived, all parties involved apologized for the incident and no one pressed charges. However, Patterson did admit to having a couple drinks while at Charlie's Lounge.
Soddy Daisy Police Chief Phillip Hamrick made one statement about the incident.
"An off duty officer was involved in an off duty incident outside, in the county Saturday morning, real early around 3 o'clock in the morning," Hamrick says.
A field sobriety test was given and Patterson was allowed to leave the scene. Hamrick says Patterson is on unpaid leave while the department conducts an internal affairs investigation.