Shelby County Schools board member charged with DUI

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Shelby County Schools board member has been charged with DUI after getting into a two-car crash downtown, Memphis Police said.

According to a report, an officer responded to the wreck in the 200 block of North Main Street on Saturday.

When he approached Scott McCormick's vehicle he could smell a strong odor. When asked if he had been drinking McCormick said, "Yes. I had one drink about an hour ago." He said he had the drink while attending the Regional One Night Gala at the Cannon Center.

McCormick says the wreck occurred when the driver of the second vehicle struck the rear driver-side door of his car, causing both vehicles to spin and come to a complete stop. Two people in the second car were taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

McCormick was then taken into custody and performed a field sobriety test. He's charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving.

McCormick represents District 5, which includes Cordova, on the SCS board.

Besides serving on the Memphis City Council from 2004 to 2008 his school board profile also says he serves on multiple boards and is the trustee and vice-chairman of the Shelby County Healthcare Corporation which operates Regional One Health.

We tried reaching McCormick for comment, but a woman who answered his phone hung up and no one answered the door at his listed address.

A spokesperson with Shelby County Schools said they would not be providing a statement on the arrest and referred us to school board members for comment.

SCS board chairwoman Shante Avant said she was glad everyone in the wreck was OK, but that it was a personal matter.

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