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Memphis police major charged with drunk driving

Prentiss Jolly Prentiss Jolly

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer was arrested Tuesday on a drunk driving charge.

Investigators said Prentiss Jolly, a major with the Memphis Police Department, sideswiped another car while driving on Highway 385 at Ridgeway. Jolly was in his personal car at the time.

According to an affidavit of complaint, Jolly refused to take a field sobriety test and a blood alcohol test and was arrested at the scene. He later admitted to an arresting officer he had been drinking earlier in the evening.

Officers charged Jolly with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and public intoxication.

Police also arrested Daryce Aldridge, the driver of the car Jolly sideswiped.  According to the arrest ticket, he too refused a field sobriety test, but smelled like marijuana and originally told officer, "I smoked a blunt."

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said officers on scene were just doing their jobs.

"If you violate the law, the bottom line is you're probably going to jail," Godwin said. "It doesn't matter who you are, whether you are a police major or a deputy chief. Don't drink and drive."

According to his personnel file, this marks Jolly's second DUI.  In September 1990, he was charged with DUI in Kentucky while on military leave from the Memphis Police Department.  On the advice of his attorney, he pleaded guilty and was kicked off the force.  The civil service commission re-instated him within a year.

Godwin expressed disappointment in Jolly's arrest.

"Knowing Major Jolly like I do, I know he's upset with himself," Godwin said. "And it's a disappointment.  It's a disappointment to us all."

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