When Curry Todd was arrested last October for driving under the influence, he unknowingly set off a string of consequences, some predictable, that continue to resonate today.
Todd, a former Memphis police officer, is a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and was, until a few days after his arrest, the state chairman of the influential State and Local Government Committee. His arrest warrant stated that at about 10:50 p.m. on the evening of October 11 he was pulled over by Officer Knaggs: “Upon exit from the vehicle, the subject was extremely unsteady on his feet…. The subject demonstrated numerous indicators of his impairment…(almost falling down at times). His speech was slurred, his eyes were red, watery and bloodshot and he had an obvious odor of alcohol about his person and on his breath as he spoke, all indicative of his intoxicated state.” The warrant continued:
In addition it was learned that this subject was in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special that was discovered in a holster stuffed in between the driver seat and the center console.
The subject was obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded handgun.
When it was also discovered that Curry was the sponsor of a bill in 2009 that eventually became law allowing persons with concealed weapons permits to bring their weapons into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol provided that they themselves don’t drink, the roof fell in.