MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An off-duty Memphis police officer is accused of not following his mission to protect and serve.
"It's the law, you would expect them to do the right thing," said resident Janay Banks.
Police say off-duty Memphis police officer Brandon Brown, 31, was involved in a bad crash Tuesday night where two vehicles spun out of control and flipped upside down on East Holmes Road, near Whistling Duck Drive.
According to police, after the wreck, Brown left the scene of the crash. When officers caught up with Brown, they say he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol.
"Directory Toney Armstrong needs to check up on his officers and stuff like that because that's bad," said resident Brandon Glambney.
The preliminary crash investigation determined it was Brown's car that merged into oncoming traffic and sideswiped the other car.
"That's surprising just to leave the scene like that," said Banks.
She says she would expect more from one of Memphis' finest, but she also added, "We are all human, we make mistakes."
Police say officers arrested Brown and charged him with failure to exercise due care, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, public intoxication, and reckless driving.
Memphis fire officers also arrived on the scene and reported no injuries.
Brown, who has been with the Memphis Police Department since 2009, currently works at the Mt. Moriah Station. Police say he has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of this investigation.
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