Rogersville police officer suspended following DUI arrest

Jeff Bobo • Aug 5, 2019 at 4:09 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville Police Department Officer Chris Funk was suspended without pay following a DUI arrest after a motorcycle crash late Sunday night in Rogersville.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on East Main Street in Rogersville near the Burem Road intersection.

According to the THP report, Christopher James Funk, 43, of Rogersville, was driving east on East Main Street when the 2016 Harley Davidson he was driving traveled off the right side of the road and came to rest on its side.

Funk allegedly exhibited signs of impairment but refused to perform field sobriety tests or submit to a breath or blood test. A search warrant was obtained by the THP for a blood test.

Funk was booked into the Hawkins County Jail on charges including DUI, violation of the implied consent law, possession of a handgun while under the influence, improper lane usage and no proof of insurance.

He was released from jail Monday morning and arraigned in Hawkins County Sessions Court. His next court date is Jan. 15.

RPD Chief Doug Nelson told the Times News that Funk has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of his criminal charges.

Funk has been with the RPD since January 2013 and was previously a longtime deputy with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.

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