UPDATED: TN lawmaker arrested on gun charges, driving drunk
Statement from TN State Rep. Curry Todd:
"Let me begin by saying I am deeply sorry for the events of last evening. On the advice of legal counsel, I have decided not to make any public comments about the situation at this time.
"Upon her return to the Capitol, I will have a conversation with Speaker Harwell to determine whether it is in the best interest of the General Assembly for me to step aside as Chairman of the State and Local Government Committee.
"On a personal note, I am incredibly grateful for the calls of support from constituents, colleagues, and friends about this incident."
From: F. Brent Leatherwood
Director of Communications for the Majority
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd, a lead sponsor of a law allowing handgun carry permit holders to bring guns into bars, has been arrested on charges of drunken driving and possession of a gun while under the influence.
Police say in court documents that the Collierville Republican was pulled over in Nashville late Tuesday. He allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer.
A loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special was found in a holster stuffed between the driver seat and the center console.
The name of a lawyer for Todd, who is a former Memphis police officer, could not immediately be located.
A spokesman for the House Republican Caucus had no immediate comment on the arrest.
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