Controversial Millington traffic stop goes to court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Controversial Millington traffic stop goes to court

A typical Tuesday docket inside Millington Municipal Court ended with an atypical case.

Jamie Houser is charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and refusing to submit a blood alcohol test. 

The charges stem from a mid-September arrest, after Houser was pulled over by Millington Mayor Terry Jones, who was driving an unmarked city car outfitted with blue lights.

In the weeks since making the arrest, Jones has defended his actions.

"You as a citizen have a right to make a citizen's arrest if you see somebody you think is putting someone's life at risk, or even injury," Jones said.

But Houser's attorney, Paul Lewis, claims the mayor did not have the authority of a police officer.

"There may be some conflict between what the mayor did and what the police department should do," he said. "That's probably how I would imagine it will be disposed of."

Ultimately, a Millington judge will decide if the atypical traffic stop voids the charges against Houser.

The prosecutor in the case would not comment for this story.

In court, Houser's case was reset for mid-December.  We'll let you know what happens.

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