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Chattanooga major crimes detective arrested for DUI

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A Chattanooga police major crimes detective, who tried to get out of an arrest by saying he was an officer, was arrested around 9 a.m. Monday on DUI and other charges.

David Ray Catchings Jr., 34, was arrested by a deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in the parking lot of Lakewood Baptist Church, located at 6626 Hunter Road. He faces charges of driving under the influence, implied consent law and reckless driving.

"He advised we were brothers and I should be arresting bad guys. He stated his aunt signs my paycheck and advised I was a rookie and I didn't know anything about police work," according to an affidavit of complaint filled out by Deputy Matthew Purvis.

A witness called authorities saying a black Dodge Charger, almost hit him head on and weaved into traffic nearly striking other vehicles as well. The witness followed the car to the church until deputies arrived.

The deputy found Catchings in the driver's seat with his girlfriend in the front seat. According to the affidavit, they both admitted to drinking. The deputy noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle.

"He could not advise why he stopped there nor could he advise where he was going afterwards," the affidavit states.

The deputy administered a field sobriety test which Catchings failed. He also declined submitting to a blood test. A warrant was later granted to obtain a blood sample. 

Two Miller Lite bottles were found in the car. The woman with Catchings, 30-year-old Sarah Creekmore, initially denied one of the bottles, underneath her seat, belonged to her before saying, a half empty bottle near the driver's side, was hers. She was charged with impeding a police investigation and public intoxication.

Catchings' demeanor reportedly grew hostile as the arrest continued. He told the deputy he was police officer and "asked to try and work things out."

Catchings, who has worked at the police department since 2006, could not remember what year he became an officer.

"He stated he had been a cop since 2005, later he said 2001, then 2002 and then he advised 2003," the affidavit states.

The detective told the deputy to call his wife to pick up his car.

Catchings posted a $4,650 bond. His court date is set for Sept. 22 before Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes.

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