Memphis administrator charged with DUI appears in court

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A city administrator caught reportedly driving drunk in a city-owned vehicle over the weekend faced a judge Monday.

Memphis City Fleet Administrator Arthur Adams allegedly drove several miles while intoxicated in his government-issued SUV Saturday morning.  Monday, Adams was arraigned on DUI, reckless driving and public intoxication charges. Officers say he carried a strong smell of alcohol, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, and blew a .123.

Adams' DUI just adds to the city's work.  City officials were already auditing the tire repair company Adams oversaw, Around Town Tire and Trucking.

"There are other agencies that have come in, and we've tried to coordinate our efforts so we do not get in their way as they do their investigations," City Attorney Herman Morris said.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton asked Morris' office to turn over documents to the FBI after noticing a sharp increase in payments to Around Town.

"We have looked at a lot of the activities and transactions," Morris said.

But Morris says the General Services Division is just the beginning.
"I think all of city government is under the same review," he said.

Morris' involvement should not be taken lightly. He's only called in when the city thinks there's more digging to do.  Mayor Wharton is an attorney, and can easily make his own assessments.

"Some of them are audits," Morris said. "Some of them are investigations."

Adams' court appearance was quick Monday.  He was ordered to return to court with an attorney on July 28.  Meanwhile, he is out on $1,000 bond.

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