Bristol, VA Police detective arrested, charged with DUI


A Bristol Virginia police officer has been suspended after being arrested for driving under the influence earlier this month.

Office personnel confirmed to News 5 that Detective Aaron Hankins, 35, has been put on unpaid leave pending the results of a June 5 hearing in General Sessions Court.

According to the affidavit, Bristol Tennessee police were called to a crash on Dartmouth Drive on Feb. 9 and found a piece of a vehicle that had been left behind following an impact with a large concrete and brick enclosed mailbox.

The officer followed an apparent fluid trail left by Hankins' car from the crash site to Hankins' apartment where the damaged car was found but Hankins was not, the report said.

Another officer found Hankins a few minutes later at the intersection of Collingwood Drive and Amhurst Lane. They said Hankins' clothes had mud on them and that he smelled of alcohol, telling officers that he "had been drinking but had not been drinking while he was driving," the affidavit said.

Officers then placed Hankins under arrest for DUI when he refused to take a sobriety test.