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State Rep. pleads guilty to DUI, weapons charge; will serve 48-hour sentence

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Tennessee State Rep. Curry Todd pleaded guilty Friday morning to DUI and weapon possession in Davidson County Criminal Court.

The Collierville Republican was sentenced to 48 hours in jail on the drunken driving charge and to one year of probation for possession of a firearm while under the influence.

He will be barred from carrying a firearm while on probation. If he successfully completes the probation, he can petition the court to have his weapon charge expunged.

Todd's attorney had originally entered a not guilty plea during a court appearance in September that the lawmaker did not attend.

Todd was arrested in October 2011 in Nashville after failing a roadside sobriety test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.

Todd, a former Memphis police officer, was a main sponsor of a state law allowing handgun carry permit holders to bring firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

According to Metro police, officers stopped Todd near 21st and Blair for driving 60 mph in a 40 mph zone and swerving in and out of his lane.

Police conducted sobriety tests and observed Todd "was very unsteady on his feet, almost falling down at times."

Police say Todd was in possession of a loaded handgun and noted he "was obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded gun."

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