Fullilove released from jail following Tunica arrest

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove was released from a Tunica County jail around 8:00 Saturday morning on $1,500 bond, after being arrested Friday night on charges of careless driving and DUI refusal.

Chief Randy Stewart of the Tunica County Sheriff's Department confirmed Fullilove was transported to the jail after being pulled over by a deputy shortly after 8:00 p.m. along U.S. Highway 61 near the Tunica casinos.

After she failed a breathalizer test, Stewart says Fullilove refused a more precise intoxilyzer test.
Friends say Fullilove's arrest comes after a stressful week in which her husband suffered a heart attack.

But Friday's arrest wasn't the councilwoman's first run-in with the law.

In March of this year, Fullilove was charged with suspicion of DUI in DeSoto County. She also refused a sobriety test in that incident.

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse," she said in an interview with Action News 5 following that arrest. "Now I know the law."

In May, she was involved in a two-car crash near the Tunica casinos that seriously injured a 7-year-old girl. Authorities ruled alcohol was not a factor in that crash.

Then in August, photos were taken of Fullilove slumped over the armrest of her car in a Tunica casino parking lot. The following day she admitted to a dependence on painkillers.

Fullilove just recently regained the right to drive in Mississippi.

In several interviews, the councilwoman has said that she doesn't have a drinking problem, but relies on prescription pills for chronic back pain.

She has always maintained that her duties as an elected official have never been compromised.

Said city council chairman Myron Lowery, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Janis as she is attempting to overcome these personal and difficult challenges."

Fullilove is due in court on November 20.

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