Memphis, TN- Memphis Police arrested one of their own for last month after the off-duty officer caused an accident and fled the scene.

The accident occurred on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 11. Police say that Officer Brandon Brown was speeding on East Holmes Road when he side-swiped and Cadillac, sending both cars spinning out control and casing both to overturn, My Fox Memphis reported.

Brown’s car stopped a tenth of a mile from the where the initial collision occurred in someone’s yard. He was trapped inside and bystanders rushed to cut him free from the wreckage according to My Fox Memphis.

Once free, Brown fled the scene of the accident. He was found near the crash scene and upon contact officers noted he smelled of alcohol and had blood-shot eyes.

No injuries were reported.

Brown who has been with the Memphis Police Department since 2009, was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of the accident, reckless driving and public intoxication.

He has been suspended from duty pending an investigation.

A DUI alone can leave a person on serious legal trouble which is only made worse by added-on charges such as causing an accident or fleeing the scene of an accident. .Many people In Tennessee a person convicted of their first DUI can spend as few as 48 hours in jail or up to 11 months for their first conviction. On top of that, an offender could lose their license for a year, be required to install an ignition interlock in their vehicle and be forced to pay upwards of $1,500.

An offender with other charges added-on can get the maximum penalty and need an aggressive defense. Offenders have the potential to plead to a lesser charge of “wet reckless,” but they need to enlist a Tennessee DUI attorney to work on their defense and negotiate with the courts to mitigate the potential penalties they are facing.

In addition to criminal penalties, a DUI conviction can affect many personal aspect of a person’s life. The officer in this case, was suspended from his job and that could happen to you depending on your profession. A DUI conviction can also make it difficult for you to get back and forth to your jobs and can make you unattractive to future employees.

The list of reasons a person should fight their DUI charges is long. Too many people have this mistaken notion that they don’t need an attorney working on their case. Don’t make this mistake and contact a Memphis DUI attorney immediately, otherwise you could be paying for your bad decision well into the future. It is worth the added expense to hire an attorney who understands Tennessee DUI law and can work within that framework to help you avoid conviction or negotiate for a plea bargain.

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