Local politicians were present at the 2022 Bonnaroo Music Festival, which got off to an enthusiastic start Friday night. According to a Report by The TennesseanAfter the concert ended, Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary-of-State was taken into custody and charged with driving while impaired. Hargett appeared to confirm that the charges were true in a Saturday public statement.
“On Friday night after leaving the Bonnaroo Music Festival, I was stopped by the Tullahoma Police Department and subsequently arrested for DUI,”Hargett sent an email to local journalists. “Driving Under the Influence is a serious matter, and I regret the circumstances that led to my arrest. I respect law enforcement and will trust the legal process as we move forward.”
Hargett is 53 and a Tennessee native. He served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1996 to 2006 representing District 97 – the area including Memphis, Tennessee. He was first nominated as chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority in 2007, and then as Secretary of State.
Hargett was arrested at the Coffee County Jail shortly after 1 a.m., and released just before 5 p.m. (local time). It is unclear when Hargett will appear in court.
Bonnaroo, one of the most diverse and popular music festivals in America, is back in 2022. It was established in 2002. It is held every Thursday in June at Great Stage Park in Manchester. In 2020, the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival was then cancelled again in 2021 because of excessive rain from Hurricane Ida.
Bonnaroo is like other festivals that involve intoxication. A 2019 report by The TennesseanWhile arrests decreased from last year, citations increased substantially. The majority of those citations related to alcohol and drugs were reported by police. There is not enough data to say whether this trend has carried over into the 2022 festival – the first one since.
Bonnaroo will continue through Sunday, June 19. Hargett and his state government have so far not provided any further information or updates on Hargett’s arrest.