MPD officer charged with DUI back on the job, reports to jail on weekends

Published: Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM CDT
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(WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer charged with DUI one year ago is already back on the job.

Thomas Ray was arrested in Fayette County in September 2012. He was accused of driving an ATV, getting into an accident leaving the scene, and having a handgun while intoxicated.

According to documents from Fayette County Circuit Court, on August 30, 2013, Ray entered a plea arrangement in which some counts were dismissed and for others, he got probation.

A felony vehicular assault indictment was pleaded down to misdemeanor reckless driving, for which he was not eligible for diversion. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. It is time he will serve over the course of 15 weekends.

So far, he completed three weekends.

Ray reports to the Fayette County Jail on Friday and leaves on Sunday. During the week, he reports to his day job as a police officer with Memphis Police Department.

MPD says Ray is on non-enforcement status -- desk duty. He will not be professionally disciplined until after an administrative hearing, which thus far has not happened in this case.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says Ray has an administrative hearing scheduled for Friday, but he declined Action News 5's request for an interview.

Messages left for Ray's attorney and Memphis Police Association were not returned as of 5 p.m. Monday.

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