Former Shelby County sheriff's deputy found guilty of making false report

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It took a jury three and a half hours to find a former Shelby County sheriff's deputy guilty of two counts of initiating a false report.

Alvin Dortch was charged with eight separate counts after video from the officer's dash cam showed him shooting at Ignacio Arcos' car before Arcos crashed.

"They saw it was falsifying reports," said defense attorney Samuel Perkins.  "Our contention was they were not, but we have to go with what the jury says."

After the verdict, Dortch's family breathed a sigh of relief as they consoled each other.

"Naturally, we expected and we were trying to get a not guilty on all eight counts," Perkins said, "but we did the best we could with what we had to work with."

Dortch initially told investigators after the crash that he was on another traffic stop when he saw Arcos speed by in a pickup weaving across traffic.  The dash cam video told a different story in court.  It showed Dortch pulling over Arcos' pickup then firing two shots that hit the rear wheel of the truck as it took off.

Defense attorneys argued Dortch did not cause the crash and that Arcos' blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit that night.

Prosecutors had no comment after the jury's verdict.  During closing arguments, they tried to convince the jury that Dortch acted carelessly and lied about shooting Arcos' car.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for June 10 at 9 a.m.

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