Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd, a Republican from Collierville, was arrested in Nashville last night on charges of drunk driving and carrying a loaded handgun.
The arresting officer’s affidavit states that Todd was “extremely unsteady on his feet” and that he was “almost falling down at times.” The officer observed Todd was “obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded handgun.” (His mugshot is at right.)
A former Memphis police officer, Todd was first elected to the Tennessee Legislature in 1998. He currently serves as chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee.
In 2009 and 2010 Todd sponsored legislation allowing Tennesseans with firearm-carry permits to possess their guns in restaurants that serve alcohol, provided they do not consume alcohol.
Todd has a history of involvement with law enforcement organizations, unions and crime-prevention efforts. From Todd’s legislative website profile:
- 1981-1987 Tennessee Peace Officers and Training Commission
- Appointed by Governor Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to develop, plan and implement uniform standards of employment, training and certification for police officers in Tennessee
- 1981-1987 Elected by Peace Officers Standard Training Commission (POST) to develop and implement police legislation with the Tennessee General Assembly
- 1981-1984 Served on Legislative Study Committees in the Tennessee General assembly in the area of corrections and criminal justice
- 1984-1987 Served as Chairman of POST Commission
- 1982-1987 Served as Legislative Liaison/Lobbyist for Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police
- Served on Criminal Justice Committee. Served as Chairperson of subcommittee on development of law enforcement legislation.
- Also served as Chairperson of subcommittee on neighborhood crime prevention. 1976-1988 Memphis Police Department/Memphis Police Association
- Served as Legislative Liaison/Lobbyist in the Tennessee General Assembly for both the Department and the Association.