(Memphis) An off duty Memphis Police officer was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Police were called to the parking lot of Tri State Bank at 180 South Main on a complaint of a male and female fighting.
As officers pulled up, a witness said a woman had put her hands around a man’s throat. “…as though she was strangling him.”
An officer said 25-year-old Jared Collins left the parking lot but before punching and denting a vehicle owned by the bank. A witness said Collins got in a Camaro and drove toward Peabody Place.
According to a police report, as officers were investigating they noticed the woman talking on a cell phone then getting in a Camaro that had pulled up.
An officer stopped the vehicle and said he immediately noticed “…a strong odor of an intoxicant coming from the defendant.”
When Collins was approached, he reportedly said “I am one of you.”
When the officer asked for clarification, Collins said he worked at Tillman Station.
When Collins was put under arrest, a police report said he told officers, “I am a tough son of a b****. I can kick all of your f******a****.”
Collins, who refused all DUI tests, is charged with driving under the influence, public intoxication, reckless driving, refusal to submit to BAC test and vandalism of $500 or less.