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2 Memphis Police Officers let go for drunk driving

Vincent Amerson (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Vincent Amerson (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department)
Corey Tate (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Corey Tate (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department)

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Two police officers in Memphis have been fired after being arrested in separate drunk driving incidents.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said no one is above the law - including his own officers.  Former Memphis Police Officers Corey Tate and Vincent Amerson are off the job, accused of driving under the influence.

"I wish I had an answer as to why they would drink and drive," Godwin said.

On July 4th, Tate wrecked his car on Old Brownsville Road.  According to the affidavit of complaint, he told responding officers that he fell asleep at the wheel, and that he'd had two mixed drinks.  Police said he smelled like alcohol and failed a field sobriety test

On July 23rd, Amerson allegedly rear ended another car and left the scene of the accident, only to pull over later.  Responding officers said Amerson was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.
 
"We're held to another level. We are accountable," Godwin said. "I think the citizens keep a watchful eye on us, andI think we have to send a message that we're not going to tolerate drinking and driving."

Tate and Amerson were fired from the Memphis Police Department for violating its personal conduct policy.

Meanwhile, while Godwin admits his department isn't perfect, he says it is full of honest, hard-working officers.

"Ninety nine and a half percent of the officers are doing what they're supposed to do all the time," he said.

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