Marty Stuart’s Split Decision

Marty Stuart was acquitted Tuesday of a DUI charge stemming from an April 2 arrest near Nashville. However, Sumner County General Sessions Court Judge John W. Jones found Stuart guilty of violating Tennessee’s implied consent law by refusing to take a Breathalyzer test when police stopped the singer’s Cadillac after he drove from a Wal-Mart parking lot. Tuesday’s hearing included testimony from a Wal-Mart employee and the arresting police officer. The defense presented no witnesses. In being found guilty of violating the implied consent law, Stuart’s driver’s license was suspended for one year, and he must attend DUI class. He can, however, apply for a restricted license. Stuart declined comment upon leaving the courthouse, but his lawyer reported that Stuart is relieved it’s over, embarrassed and wants to move forward. 8/27/02