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Drunk police officer charged with crashing his car into a liquor store

2019-09-12

To protect and to swerve.

A Memphis, Tenn., police sergeant found himself on the wrong side of the law after crashing his car into a liquor store Saturday.

Officer Thomas Berryhill, who’s been on the force more than 25 years, was charged with DUI, public intoxication and reckless driving, according to WREG news in Memphis.

A woman at the liquor star reported the crash after Berryhill’s car drove over a curb and into a column affixed to the building, authorities said. Berryhill, 62, was not on duty at the time of the crash.

When police arrived, Berryhill reportedly said he’d just driven in from Florida and was having eye problems. He would not take a sobriety test, according to Memphis cops, who are still waiting for the results of a blood test.

Berryhill was arrested Saturday and released on his own recognizance. He was suspended from duty pending an investigation, according to WVLT news, which said a witness told cops she saw what appeared to be a bottle in Berryhill’s hand when he exited his car.