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UPDATE: Caught on Camera: UTC student accused of driving drunk on campus

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UPDATE: A UTC student is facing a long list of charges after being caught on camera driving across sidewalks outside the University's library. A YouTube video of the event has since launched an Internal Affairs investigation into a Hamilton County Deputy.

The man who shared the video with Channel 3 says his girlfriend called 911 for help more than once and dispatchers told them to stay back. Officials say a BOLO (Be on the lookout) for the driver was issued after the first call around 10:45 p.m, still it took more than an hour to get him into custody.

"Oh my God that is not a road, (screams) oh my God, he's going to go down the stairs," said one eyewitness. 

Cell phone video captured the driver who police identify as 20-year-old Dylan Buck, circle around UTC's courtyard, driving down sidewalks and at one point attempting to drive stairs.

Buck told officers he was having transmission trouble. Police noted in their report that Buck smelled like alcohol and had marijuana in his car.

" We're really fortunate this incident ended without anyone getting hurt," said Mark Frazer, Chattanooga Police Dept.  

The event was documented by another student who didn't want to be identified. He rolled as the 20-year-old stumbled out of Jefferson's sports bar, where managers admit to serving him alcohol.

They told us off camera he was cut off after appearing to be intoxicated and kicked out twice. Police said the bar is supposed to call police for help, but no one did. They could be cited, pending the ongoing investigating. 

"I would have loved for this individual to be stopped before it got to the point that it did," said Frazer. 

The man who shot the video tells us his girlfriend called 911 as soon as they saw Buck in the driver seat. 

"He's dozing off, I'm afraid he's about to start going again," said an eyewitness. 

Records show 2 calls for help around 10:45 p.m. but Buck took off on foot, before police could get there. The video then shows him stumble into a Hamilton County Deputy working security at Memorial Auditorium. 

"Oh my God, I can't believe he walked in with a beer," said one eyewitness. "That cop should arrest him."

Channel 3 learned that the deputy could have cited Buck for the open container, instead he walks away. 

"He still has his beer, they didn't take his beer away," said one eyewitness. 

Buck is then seen getting back behind the wheel. Police say the only other 911 call recorded, came in at 11:30 p.m.  It wasn't until midnight, over an hour after the first report to police, that Buck was taken into custody.

"This guy made it around the city quite a bit before coming to an end," said Frazer. " In this scenario we probably should have gotten more 911 calls then we did."

According to the report, Buck asked his arresting officer if he had given him ecstasy pills. When the officer said no he stated, "he had eaten them instead."

Buck also admitted to taking adderall pills. 
    
In regards to the Deputy seen letting the drunk driver g, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has released this statement..

"The HCSO has been made aware of the alleged incident and the video. The issue has been forwarded to the Internal Affairs Division for further investigation. At this point, no action has been taken as this is currently under investigation by the Internal Affairs Division."
Buck was charged with driving under the influence, drivers to exercise due care, financial responsibility, seat belt law violation, address change required, duty upon striking fixtures upon a highway, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking. He’s due in Hamilton County General Sessions Court on April 15.

Buck has faced drug and traffic charges in Hamilton County before, most recently in November 2015 when he was charged with having drugs for resale. He is set to answer to those charges in Hamilton County Criminal Court on Friday. 

UTC tells us Buck will face student conduct action in addition to the criminal charges he's facing, the campus suffered minor damages. 

"The student will be facing student conduct action. At this time, disciplinary action has not been determined and federal law will prohibit us from announcing it when it is enacted," said Chuck Cantrell, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga spokesperson. 


A UTC student is facing a long list of charges after being caught on camera allegedly driving across sidewalks outside the University’s library.

Chattanooga police were called to McCallie Avenue on reports of an intoxicated person Saturday night. When the officer arrived students flagged him down to report a driver attempted to drive down the steps of UTC’s library and became stuck in a fence.

When the officer approached the vehicle he found the driver, identified at 20 year-old Dylan Buck, sitting in his running vehicle which was parked on the sidewalk. Buck said he was having trouble with his transmission.

According to court records, obtained by Channel 3, the officer noted a strong smell of alcohol and asked Buck to perform sobriety tests.

Buck “performed very poorly” and told the officer he had taken Adderall, a medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in addition to having a few beers. Officers found a baggie containing more than 10 grams of marijuana in Buck’s car.

The incident was caught on camera by a Chattanooga man who posted the event to Snapchat and later YouTube. The man who shot the video asked not to be identified by Channel 3. The video contains some NSFW (Not Safe for Work) language. 

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office released a statement regarding to the drunk driving incident: 

      "The HCSO has been made aware of the alleged incident and the video. The issue has been forwarded to the Internal Affairs Division for further investigation. At this point, no action has been taken as this is currently under investigation by the Internal Affairs Division.” 

Buck was charged with driving under the influence, drivers to exercise due care, financial responsibility, seat belt law violation, address change required, duty upon striking fixtures upon a highway, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage drinking. He’s due in Hamilton County General Sessions Court on April 15.

Buck has faced drug and traffic charges in Hamilton County before, most recently in November 2015 when he was charged with having drugs for resale. He is set to answer to those charges in Hamilton County Criminal Court on Friday. 

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