Guilty of 2nd DUI

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Luis Briceno

A two-day trial in Knox County Criminal Court led to a 25-year-old man being convicted of driving under the influence for the second time, authorities said Wednesday.

Luis Alexis Briceno, 25, faces a minimum of 45 days in jail at his sentencing hearing in June, according to the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office.

“DUI enforcement saves lives,” said DA Charme Allen. “Luckily, no one was injured in this case because a concerned citizen alerted law enforcement to this dangerous situation.”

During the trial, witnesses told the jury that Knoxville Police Department Officer Hayden Cochran was sent to investigate a report of an impaired driver at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Morrell Road about 6 a.m. May 9, 2018. 

“A citizen had called KPD because Briceno appeared to be asleep or unconscious in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The citizen told Officer Cochran that Briceno had not moved for several light cycles, and he was concerned that Briceno may have overdosed,” said DA’s Office spokesperson Sean McDermott in a press release.

  Briceno acted as though he was drunk and smelled of alcohol. He failed several field sobriety tests and, when he took a breathalyzer, it showed that his blood alcohol content was .155, almost twice the legal limit of .08. It was also learned that his driver’s license had been suspended the previous year due to a previous DUI, McDermott said.

Assistant District Attorneys Greg Eshbaugh and Oscar Butler prosecuted the case. 

In addition to second-offense DUI, the jurors convicted Briceno of driving on a revoked license and failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility. 

At his June 24 sentencing hearing before Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword, Briceno faces a sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days. At least 45 days of that sentence must be spent behind bars, according to state law, and his driver’s license will be revoked for a period of two years.

The jury also ordered Briceno to pay the maximum fine of $3,500, McDermott said.

Published on May 13, 2021