Ky. police find Lebanon man with missing Nashville badge

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

A deputy in Hopkins County, Ky. charged a Lebanon man with driving under the influence and discovered a badge reported missing by Metro Nashville police. 

According to a report from SurfKY News, Deputy John Hibbs responded to a complaint call of a suspicious vehicle reported driving erratically Sunday in Mortons Gap, Ky. According to the Hopkins County Sheriff’s report, Hibbs observed Jonny Groves, 41, Lebanon, operating a motor vehicle unsteadily. Groves appeared to have a badge and handcuffs laying in view site in the windshield, the report said.

The SurfKY News report said Hibbs conducted a traffic stop and determined Groves was intoxicated. Hibbs also discovered Groves was in possession of a badge that belonged to the Nashville Metro Police Department reported missing a month earlier, the sheriff’s report said.

Groves was charged with DUI, first offense and no operator’s license and failure to wear a seatbelt, as well as an out-of-county warrant from Jefferson County, Ky.

Groves was taken to Hopkins County Jail. The report did not say whether he will face charges for the badge.

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