Shocking Video Captures Tuscaloosa Man’s DUI Arrest in Cottondale, Alabama
A Tuscaloosa man is facing multiple charges after allegedly driving under the influence and attempting to elude local law enforcement officers.
The suspect, T. J. Bunn, was observed leaving The Oasis Bar off Highway 11 in Cottondale around 1:30 Friday morning, although a manager at the bar and restaurant told the Tuscaloosa Thread Friday afternoon that Bunn was not served there and likely arrived after the establishment was already closed.
A local business owner who later asked for her name to be redacted saw Bunn's GMC Suburban driving erratically and contacted local law enforcement.
"[He] came inches from hitting us head-on on the way home tonight," she said.
"He drove down the wrong side of the [road] and even stopped at the red light in front of [S]outhland in the wrong lane. [He] then stopped and passed out in the middle of the [road] between [W]algreens and [A]utozone [with] music blaring [while] passed the hell out holding onto something," she said.
She said Bunn's vehicle sustained heavy damage and that he remained in the vehicle until officers arrived.
"[Ten] minutes after the police arrived they were beating on his windows and he sat up and took off. They chased him to the Winn-Dixie parking lot. The officer told us he was drunk and high," she said.
Video of Bunn's arrest can be seen in the comments of a post the woman shared to Facebook about the incident.
❌❌ ATTENTION ST.BUNN Black GMC Driver leaving the oasis bar in Cottondale at 1:30am ❌❌❌
This dude TJ BUNN in the new...
Posted by Kellie Ann Box on Thursday, April 29, 2021
Tuscaloosa Police Department Public Information Officer Stephanie Taylor said Bunn was arrested shortly afterward after Box's call came through to 911.
"Officers arrested T.J. Bunn this morning on charges of DUI, attempting to elude, and open container," Taylor said.
Bunn was the center of controversy within the Druid City after Megan Rondini, a student at the University of Alabama, died of suicide after she accused him of rape.