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Driver in fatal Christian center crash cited two weeks earlier for revoked license

Driver in fatal Christian center crash cited two weeks earlier for revoked license

Terryell Scott (Source: MPD's previous mug shots of Scott) Terryell Scott (Source: MPD's previous mug shots of Scott)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

He shouldn't have been driving.

Not Monday morning, when he slammed into the N Sight Christian Center, 2918 Chelsea Ave, killing two of his passengers.

Not nearly two weeks ago, when Memphis police let 27-year-old Terryell Scott of Frayser leave the scene of a March 24 traffic stop, despite carrying a revoked Tennessee driver's license.

The WMC Action News 5 Investigators discovered Scott has answered to nearly a dozen criminal charges since 2005:  assault, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, possession of marijuana. In 2012, he served six months in jail for aggravated arson. He burned down a house on Locust St. in Frayser.

None of that came into play when a Memphis police officer cited him March 24 for non-working brake lights, according to a misdemeanor citation issued at Park Ave. and Getwell Rd. The citation revealed Scott was driving on a revoked Tennessee driver's license.

But the citation also revealed the officer allowed Scott to sign what's called a 'vehicle hold harmless' form. The form essentially alleviates Memphis police of any liability, and it let Scott leave the scene with a revoked driver's license.

"If their car was parked legally, we can issue those in lieu of custody for a misdemeanor," said Memphis Police Spokesperson Sgt. Alyssa Macon-Moore. "We do that all the time. If the person has a picture ID -- even if it isn't a valid ID -- then the officer can have them sign the form and not hold MPD liable."

So Scott signed the form, pledging to show up on his own to the Shelby County jail for processing March 31 on the revoked license misdemeanor.

He never showed, according to jail and Shelby County Sheriff's Spokesperson Chip Washington.

So Scott kept on driving on a revoked license, right up and into a wall of the Christian center just after midnight Monday. He now faces DUI, public intoxication, reckless driving, no proof of insurance, his second driving on a revoked license charge in two weeks -- and the vehicular homicide of two of his friends, including Marcus Smith.

"I don't know (why he was driving in the first place)," said a woman who did not want to be identified, but claimed she is Smith's aunt. "It's very devastating to me because it was my nephew that died."

"I'm not sure why the officer made that decision (to offer Scott a 'vehicle hold harmless' form March 24)," admitted Macon-Moore. "We're looking into whether there were other circumstances that were not mentioned in the citation."

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