Vanderbilt officer charged with DUI following downtown crash, assault

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A Vanderbilt University police officer is accused of driving under the influence Monday evening when she crashed outside of a downtown Nashville business.

Lakisha Renee Chandler, 34, was arrested on a charge of DUI.

According to an arrest affidavit, Chandler was involved in a “minor damage crash” in front of a business on Second Avenue North near Church Street, “then urinated on the floor inside the business and assaulted the staff.”

An officer who spoke with Chandler said he “noticed her eyes were bloodshot and watery, her speech was slurred, she was very unsteady on her feet and there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.”

Police said Chandler admitted to being the driver of her vehicle at the time of the crash but was too intoxicated to complete several of the field sobriety tests.

Though Chandler agreed to submit to a breath test, investigators said she failed to provide two sufficient breath samples.

Her blood was drawn and tested, but the results were not made available.

Chandler’s arrest affidavit lists her place of employment as a Vanderbilt University police officer.

News 2 has reached out to the Vanderbilt Police Department for information regarding Chandler’s employment and whether she was on-duty at the time of the incident.

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