Published On: Mon, Jul 8th, 2013

Tennessee DUI checkpoint video goes viral on Internet, Chris Kalbaugh challenges police on rights

A new viral video posted to YouTube showing a man getting stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Rutherford County, Tennessee, has more than 2.8 million views as of Monday morning after being posted the night of the event.

DUI-checkpoint Tennessee get out of carThe video includes what the driver believes to be a unconstitutional search of his car where an officer is even recorded saying the man is “perfectly innocent and he knows his rights.”

The video shows driver, 21-year-old Chris Kalbaugh, has his window cracked as Deputy  A.J. Ross walks over asking the man to roll it down further.

Kalbaugh says he thinks the level he has it rolled down is “fine” because he is able to hear the officer adequately.

Ross asks how old Kalbaugh is (who before providing his answer responds asking if that’s even a relevant question), walks briefly toward the back of the vehicle, returns and then asks Kalbaugh to pull over.

“After he keeps using intimidation to get me to do what he wants, all the officers surround my vehicle like I’m a criminal,” Kalbaugh wrote in the video.

Kalbaugh eventually pulls over. He then is asked to unlock his car door — he again asks if he is being detained with no response from Ross — and takes off his seat belt. Kalbaugh steps out of the car and out of the camera view.

“Are you an attorney or something? You know what the law is?” Ross asks.

“Yes sir, I do,” Kalbaugh replied.

“Ok, what is the law?” Ross said.

“The law says at checkpoints I have to stop. And I did,” Ross said.

“That is all. I’m not required to answer any questions. I have Constitutional freedom to travel without being randomly stopped and questioned,” Kalbaugh continued after Ross prompted him further.

There is a K-9 investigation and challenges of Kalbaugh’s rights.

Deputy Ross is recorded saying, “he’s perfectly innocent and he knows his rights. He knows what the Constitution says.”

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