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Germantown prosecutor resigns after arrest

Joe Lee Wyatt, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Joe Lee Wyatt, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.

(WMC-TV) – Joe Lee Wyatt, Germantown's senior prosecutor, is off the job after he was arrested for driving drunk with a loaded handgun in his car Tuesday evening.

Police say Wyatt drove off after smashing his BMW into a telephone pole on West Trigg.

A witness thought Wyatt might be drunk and called police as he followed the attorney to I-55, according to court records.

Investigators say Wyatt told an officer that another car ran him off the road, causing the crash. However, the officer said he saw no evidence that another car was involved.

The officer, according to court documents, also spotted an empty holster strapped to Wyatt's hip. The loaded gun was later found in the driver's seat.

Wyatt has been charged with reckless driving, DUI, possessing a handgun while under the influence and refusal to submit to a sobriety test.

Germantown residents weighed in on Wyatt's charges.

"Your job is to be responsible and be somebody that people look up to," said Germantown resident Emily Kendrick.  "And drinking and driving, it's breaking the law, exactly what you're telling people not to do."

"Everybody does wrong," said Germantown resident Diah Ginem.  "He doesn't deserve to be fired, period.  He should be given a second chance.  Everybody should be given a second chance."

Germantown officials announced Wyatt's resignation Wednesday afternoon in an email.

"Effective immediately Joe Lee Wyatt, senior prosecuting attorney for the City of Germantown, has resigned from all positions with the city," said an email from Stacey Ewell, the city's spokesperson.

Action News 5 tried to reach Wyatt by phone Wednesday but got no answer.

Wyatt's bond was set at $1,500.  He has since been released.

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