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Former Memphis cop accused of DUI, assault

One the very day that Martavious Banks was released from jail, the former Memphis police officer who was accused of shooting at him found himself in legal trouble. Former cop Jamarcus Jeames was arrested on a DUI charge, and also accused of assault and public intoxication.

Law enforcement officials said Jeames was involved in a 3 a.m. fight at a convenience store.

Jeames was involved in the Banks shooting case almost a year ago. Banks was shot by police after a September 2018 chase. He eventually pleaded guilty to charges of evading and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was nearly three years of probation.

Jeames resigned from the Memphis Police Department early this year. He had been accused of turning off his vehicle and body cameras and failing to activate his police care lights while in pursuit of Banks and eventually opening fire on him.

In his arrest at the North Germantown Road Circle K, Jeames allegedly nearly hit a man when he pulled up to the store. He and the man then got into an argument before the former cop allegedly tackled the man.

Police said that when they arrived, the man was covered in blood and Jeames was trying to leave the scene.

Officers said they found alcohol containers inside the former cop’s vehicle.

When Banks’ mother was informed of the arrest by a local TV reporter, she replied that she had said “from day one” that Jeames “needed some counseling.”

Those accused of infractions such as drunk driving should speak with an attorney experienced in effective DUI defense.

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