Off-duty police officer arrested for drunk driving after crash

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis police officer who was involved in a crash Tuesday night was arrested for drunk driving.

At about 9:20 p.m., officers responded to Whistle Duck and East Holmes Road, where they found two cars that had flipped over.

Investigators say a 2006 Acura was going eastbound on East Holmes Road when it went into oncoming traffic and sideswiped a 2001 Cadillac Deville, causing both vehicles to spin and flip.

The driver of the Acura, 31-year-old Brandon Brown, left the scene and was later found nearby.

Police say Brown, who has been with the Memphis Police Department since October 2009, had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, and smelled like alcohol.

He was arrested and charged with Drivers to Exercise Due Care, DUI/Driving Under the Influence, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Public Intoxication, and Reckless Driving.

No injuries were reported.

Brown is assigned to the Mt. Moriah Station and has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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