NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was arrested Friday night for allegedly driving under the influence after leaving a music festival in the state.
Hargett, a Republican, was taken to the Coffee County Jail shortly after midnight Saturday and released hours later, prison records show.
Hargett’s office released a statement about the arrest on Saturday.
“Friday night, after leaving the Bonnaroo Music Festival, I was pulled over by the Tullahoma Police Department and subsequently arrested for impaired driving,” Hargett said in the statement. “Driving under the influence is serious business, and I regret the circumstances that led to my arrest. I respect law enforcement and will trust the judicial process as we move forward.
Hargett is due in court on July 14, WKRN-TV reported.
Hargett served a decade in the General Assembly before overseeing the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. He was elected by the General Assembly as Secretary of State in 2009 and re-elected in 2013, 2017 and 2021, according to the Secretary of State’s website. Hargett is the Director General of the Department of State and oversees more than 300 employees.