Charges against a Dickson County sheriff’s office have been dropped after a special prosecutor reviewed the investigation and decided not to pursue charges.
The public intoxication charge against Deputy Hunter Anglin stemmed from an early-morning incident Sunday, April 7. Anglin was returning from a Nashville Predators game when he and his girlfriend, who was driving, stopped for food at Cookout.
In a surveillance video obtained by Anglin’s lawyer, a man is seen standing outside the restaurant holding up the take-out line, said Reese Holley, Anglin’s lawyer.
Anglin is seen getting out of his vehicle, then tried to shake hands and talk to the man. After a few seconds, he walks back to his car.
Dickson police officers were notified and within a few minutes, officers arrived on the scene. The arresting officer, Eric Chandler, wrote in an arrest report that he spoke with Cookout employees who stated they “heard and saw two gentlemen saying something to each other,” according to the affidavit.
“While I was listening to his (Anglin’s) side of the story I could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person,” according to the arrest affidavit. “After talking with all parties involved, I placed Mr. Anglin under arrest for public intoxication due to the level of his intoxication and him being involved in a disturbance.”
The Tennessee code for public intoxication, a class C misdemeanor, states that a person has committed this offense when they have endangered themselves, others or property or when they unreasonably annoy people in the vicinity.
“You look at the video and you tell me what you see Deputy Anglin did wrong,” Holley said. “Nobody can say anything. I haven’t heard one person say he did anything wrong.”
The City of Dickson declined to comment on the arrest.