THP lieutenant suspended over ride home from on-duty trooper
By Knoxville News Sentinel
THP’s Stacey Heatherly exits her patrol car in a 2012 photo after writing a ticket. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
A Tennessee Highway Patrol lieutenant will serve a one-day suspension without pay for calling an on-duty trooper to give her and several others a ride home from a night out drinking after a University of Tennessee football game in October, according to documents.
The investigation into Lt. Stacey Heatherly's actions was launched after the state Department of Safety received an anonymous complaint letter in February that identified her among a group of people who were seen drinking alcohol at Calhoun's On The River in Knoxville on Oct. 26, 2014, before calling a colleague for a ride home.
“That removes the troopers that should be out there looking for drunk drivers, because they have to give rides to other troopers,” according to the anonymous complaint, a copy of which was provided to the News Sentinel by the Department of Safety.
“I hope no one was killed by a drunk driver that night because the trooper was playing taxi.”