Tennessee Highway Patrol officer won't face criminal charges

| 4/12/2006

A key figure in the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s ongoing scandals won’t face criminal charges, prosecutors announced recently.

Sgt. Timothy Holloway entered the spotlight after allegations surfaced that he allegedly had improper relations with female inmates working in the patrol’s office.

Although he won’t face charges, an internal investigation is underway to investigate whether Holloway violated any patrol policies, The Associated Press reported.

Holloway first made headlines after it was discovered that he and another officer had given key testimony that lead to the dismissal of a DUI case against a member of the patrol’s “honorary captain” program.

On Aug. 8, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen told the patrol to stop issuing honorary captain’s badges and photo ID cards to supporters. That order came after Nashville newspaper The Tennessean discovered that the official-looking honorary badges – part of a program some believe was a secretive way for high-profile citizens to stay out of trouble with the law – had been given to politicians, campaign donors and celebrities for more than 30 years.

The sergeants’ promotions were scheduled to happen three days after the governor ordered the end of the honorary program, but were delayed after the incident surfaced.

The Tennessean originally reported that 360 people had received the badges since 2002, 19 of whom are current or past staffers for the governor. Two badgeholders in the program – which had no eligibility criteria, application process or background checks – were found to have criminal records.