(WBIR) The Knoxville Police Department placed one of its officers on administrative leave after he was arrested for driving under the influence.
Overnight Friday, the Knox County Sheriff's Office notified KPD that Officer Woody Bingham, 36, was arrested for DUI and possession of a handgun.
According to court documents, a deputy was called to the Cotton Eyed Joe off Lovell Road to investigate a hit and run. He spotted the suspected vehicle in a nearby parking lot, parked over the curb and partially in the grass.
The deputy spoke to Bingham, who he said smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking at the night club. He also admitted to driving, but didn't remember hitting anything.
When Bingham was arrested, his car was searched and impounded. Inside, deputies found two loaded handguns.
KPD said that Bingham was in his personal car and that he did not have the gun that was issued by the department.
KPD placed Bingham on administrative leave with pay, suspended his police powers, and made him turn in his police vehicle and equipment. Starting Monday, the department will assign Bingham to an administrative position.
The department hired Bingham in December 2002.