NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State Representative Curry Todd was arrested early Wednesday morning in Nashville on DUI and weapons charges.
Todd, 63, of Collierville, was charged with driving under the influence and unlawful possession of a handgun while under the influence.
He was booked into the Metro jail shortly after 12 Midnight. He has since been released on a $3,000 bond.
According to court documents, an officer stopped Todd at 21st Avenue South and Blair Boulevard, just south of Nashville's Hillsboro Village, and reported a “strong odor of alcohol coming from his vehicle.”
The officer said Todd stated that he had “two drinks” and agreed to perform a field sobriety test.
According to the affidavit, Todd was “extremely unsteady on his feet and attempted to lean himself up onto the vehicle.”
The affidavit continued, “The subject demonstrated numerous indicators of his impairment and officer noted that the subject was very unsteady on his feet, 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.”
A loaded Smith and Wesson .38 Special was also discovered in a holster stuffed in between the driver's seat and the center console.
Todd, a Republican, is in his seventh term and represents District 95 in Shelby County.
He has drawn attention over the years for successfully sponsoring a bill dubbed “Guns in Bars.”
The bill, now law, allows handgun permit holders to carry their weapons in establishments that serve alcoholic beverages so long as a sign doesn't ban it or the permit holder is not drinking.
Nashville attorney David Smith tried to the stop “Guns in Bars” from becoming law.
“My first response is very sad,” he told Nashville's News 2 upon hearing of Rep. Todd's arrest, adding, “The whole incident just points out that guns and alcohol don't mix and there is trouble whenever it happens.”
Todd was formerly a police officer in Memphis and basketball player at Memphis State University. Memphis State University is now the University of Memphis.
He is married with one child, according to the state legislature's Web site.
In a statement, Chris Devaney, chairman of the Tennessee GOP said, “We have not spoken with Mr. Todd about this unfortunate matter, and only know the details from news reports. We have confidence the representative will deal with this issue in the proper manner, both personally and professionally.”
Late Wednesday afternoon, Todd released a statement apologizing for his actions.
“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.”
He continued, “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.”