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Tennessee secretary of state arrested on DUI charge

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is the chief executive officer of the Department of State with oversight of more than 300 employees.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is the chief executive officer of the Department of State with oversight of more than 300 employees.
Published: Jun. 18, 2022 at 3:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2022 at 4:16 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was arrested Friday night for allegedly driving under the influence after leaving a music festival in the state.

Hargett was booked into the Coffee County Jail shortly after midnight Saturday and posted a $2,000 bail several hours later, according to booking records. Hargett’s office released a statement on the arrest Saturday.

“On Friday night after leaving the Bonnaroo Music Festival, I was stopped by the Tullahoma Police Department and subsequently arrested for DUI,” Hargett said in the statement. “Driving Under the Influence is a serious matter, and I regret the circumstances that led to my arrest. I respect law enforcement and will trust the legal process as we move forward.”

Hargett was elected by the Tennessee General Assembly to serve as secretary of state in 2009 and reelected in 2013, 2017 and 2021, according to the secretary of state’s website. Hargett is the chief executive officer of the Department of State with oversight of more than 300 employees.

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