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Police in Tennessee on Tuesday released video showing the April arrest of Mohammad Abdulazeez on a driving under the influence charge, three months before he allegedly launched a deadly attack on military facilities in Chattanooga.
A Chattanooga police officer pulled over Abdulazeez at around 2:10 a.m. on April 20, and police said he smelled of marijuana and alcohol and appeared impaired.
The video shows Abdulazeez weave in traffic before being stopped. Abdulazeez said he was around others drinking but said he hadn’t been drinking. One of the two officers tells the other with surprise, "he has a lot of pills, all over the place."
Abdulazeez tried to explain his erratic driving away due to a lack of sleep. He tells officers he has a hunting knife in his car and has difficulty walking heel-to-toe.
"I don't feel that I should be taken in right now. I mean, was my driving that ...?" Abdulazeez asks.
The officer replies, "it was that bad."
At one point the future-gunman tries to ask about another police officer who he said is a friend, and the arresting officer sighs, "Oh Lord, don't start dropping police names at this point."
Abdulazeez fatally shot four Marines and a Navy sailor in the July 16 attack on a military reserve center, before he was shot and killed during a firefight with police, officials said.
Abdulazeez' family has said he had a history of drug abuse and he was deeply depressed before the deadly attack. He was due in court on the DUI charges in in July.