Fullilove arrest marks third place she now faces legal trouble

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Janis Fullilove is out on bond after Mississippi police arrested her again Friday night on Highway 61 when a sheriff's deputy pulled her over for driving erratically.

The Memphis City Council member was charged with refusing to take a breathalyzer test for DUI.

Monday, officials with the Tunica County Sheriff's Department said they would release the incident report from her arrest because it is evidence.

"They asked her to take the breathalyzer test and she refused and that's a crime in Tunica County and the state of Mississippi," Tunica County PIO Larry Liddell said.

Investigators said Fullilove was on her way home from a casino at the time of her arrest.

In exactly a month, Fullilove is expected to appear in a Tunica courtroom to answer the charges against her. Tunica County is now the third place she faces legal trouble. The other two cases are still active.

Last June in DeSoto County, Fullilove pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of substances other than alcohol. She is serving six months probation.

Her most recent arrest could constitute a probation violation.

The Mississippi Justice Network said, "This is a high-profile case, but we'll treat it just like any other. The court has been informed and we'll go from there."

Prosecutors must send a re-arrest letter to the judge, who will decide how to proceed in DeSoto County.

Meanwhile, in Tennessee, state troopers have finished their inquiry into the validity of her driver's license.

The Shelby County District Attorney's office said prosecutors are reviewing the evidence to determine if she broke the law to get her license. They said they will make an announcement at the appropriate time.

Action News 5 left a message for Fullilove's attorney from the DeSoto County case. We did not hear back.

City Council member Myron Lowery said the Memphis City Council has no right to remove Fullilove due to her legal problems.

"This was not involving her council duties or her official duties at hall," he said.  "We simply don't have the right or power to remove."

Lowery, the council's chairman, said they could censure a fellow council member, but censure does not remove, punish, or take a way a council member's voting power.

"Censure is basically a statement from the council that says we disapprove," Lowery said.  "The council did censure a member some years ago, Pat Vander Schaaf.  She was arrested for shoplifting so we did have a censure motion and we followed through with that."

Lowery said no council member asked to put censure of Tuesday's agenda.

All of the charges against her are misdemeanors.

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