NASHVILLE, TN (abc24.com) - The state representative from Collierville was arrested in Nashville on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, and is charged with driving under the influence.
An affidavit says Curry Todd (R - District 96) was arrested after his car was stopped and police suspected him of driving drunk. The document says The assisting officer noticed an obvious strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.
The document says that after he got out of the car, Todd was extremely unsteady on his feet and tried to lean himself against the car. Todd told police he had two drinks and agreed to perform field sobriety tests.
Police said during the tests, they saw myriad indications that Todd was impaired and that he almost fell down at times. They say his speech was slurred, his eyes were red, watery and bloodshot and he smelled like alcohol.
The document says that after he was read his rights, Todd refused to take a breathalyzer test.
Police also found a loaded gun stuffed between the driver's seat and the center console.
Todd was the sponsor of legislation that allows gun permit holders to take their weapons into places that serve alcohol, unless the business makes more than half of its money from alcohol.
abc24.com also reported on Todd in November 2010, when he came under fire for comments he made about illegal immigrants, in which he compared pregnant illegal immigrants to rats. Todd did apologize in writing for those comments.
Todd has been charged with DUI and possession of a handgun. Authorities tell abc24.com he has posted $3,000 bond as in the process of getting out of jail.