Fullilove pleads guilty to misdemeanor DUI - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Fullilove pleads guilty to misdemeanor DUI

Thursday morning in Southaven, Janis Chalmers appeared in court. Known by most as Janice Fullilove, she had several legal issues regarding her driving record.

Fullilove pleaded guilty to misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence of substances other than alcohol.

In late March, Fullilove was pulled over on I-55 near I-69 and was arrested after refusing a sobriety test.

In court Thursday, Fullilove was sentenced two days in jail. The Southaven judge gave her credit for time already served for the night of her arrest and suspended the other day.

Fullilove will also spend the next six months on probation and must pay a $780 fine. Finally, she cannot drive in Mississippi for 90 days and must attend driving school and a Mother's Against Drunk Driving class, the judge said.

"Anytime I get a guilty plea, I'm pleased with it. It involves the person accepting responsibility, admitting their guilt," prosecuting attorney Craig Treadway said.

While prosecutors were happy, defense attorneys said they made the best possible decision.

"Because she's taking quite a bit of medication, that does impact her...impact her judgment a little bit," Fullilove's attorney Lucius Edwards said.

Leaving court, Fullilove gave the media the slip. Instead of using the public doors, she got help sliding out of the back door.  Through her attorney, her main message was that it was not the alcohol. It was the medication.  When asked what the drugs were and why she was taking them, her attorney said he was not at liberty to say.

Her attorney did say Fullilove was not taking any illegal drugs.

Fullilove could lose her driver's license in Tennessee for a year, but the issues surrounding the validity of her current driver's license have not yet been resolved.

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