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UPDATE: Former CPD officer sentenced

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UPDATE: David Catchings Jr., who was fired from the Chattanooga Police Department earlier this year, was sentenced Thursday in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Catchings pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. 

Charges of reckless driving, implied consent law violations and domestic assault were dismissed. 

Catchings was sentenced to serve 48 hours in jail, pay a fine of $465, serve two years probation and attend weekly AA meetings. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A Hamilton County grand jury indicted former Chattanooga police officer David Catchings Wednesday on three counts:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Reckless driving
  • Violation of implied consent

PREVIOUS STORY: A Chattanooga Police officer placed on administrative leave after being arrested for DUI, then later arrested for domestic violence has been terminated. 

David Catchings was arrested in December 2014 for domestic violence assault.  Four months earlier he had been arrested for DUI and placed on administrative leave. 

After a review of both investigations - which included recommendations from Internal Affairs, the Administrative Review Committee and Officer Catchings' chain of command – Chief of Police Fred Fletcher sustained violations of Code of Conduct – Unbecoming Conduct (both incidents) and Improper Dissemination of Information (assault investigation).   Chief Fletcher terminated Officer Catchings as a result of these sustained violations. Chief Fletcher will also be requesting a decertification of David Catchings' Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) certification as a qualified police officer.

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