Results released as senator surrenders, is released on bond
By BILL POOVEY Associated Press
CHATTANOOGA — State Sen. Jerry Cooper surrendered Monday on a drunken-driving warrant that shows his blood-alcohol level was over twice the legal limit in a Feb. 7 wreck.
The accident left the senator injured and delayed his federal land fraud trial.
The Morrison Democrat surrendered in Rutherford County and was released on bond pending a May 11 court hearing, said his attorney, Jack Mitchell, of Murfreesboro.
Arrest records released Monday show that Cooper's blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent. Tennessee's drunken-driving laws define intoxication as 0.08 percent. The result of the DUI test had been withheld until he surrendered Monday.