Posted: June 25, 2016
An on-duty Memphis police officer has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
Police found Jonathan Linton just after 9 p.m. Friday. His squad car struck a corner at Dunlap Street and Adams Avenue in the Medical District, according to MPD spokesman Louis Brownlee.
Linton’s vehicle had damage to the front and back tires. Officers observed his eyes were watery and blood shot, and that he smelled slightly of intoxicant, Brownlee said.
He was charged with driving under the influence intoxicant/drugs, failure to exercise due care, public intoxication and refusal to submit to BAC test, police said.
Linton posted $1,500 bail and is due in court Monday.
Brownlee said police have launched an internal investigation and Linton is relieved of duty pending the outcome.
“While I’m am disappointed in the choices made by Officer Linton, I hope that the citizens of Memphis see that no one is above the law,” MPD Interim Director Michael Rallings said. “Officers identified that Linton was possibly under the influence and took action.”
Linton is an officer with the Old Allen Station precinct. He has been employed by the city since 2007, Brownlee said.