MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are mourning the loss of one of their own.
According to MPD Police Director Michael Rallings, a lieutenant with 25 years of service was killed in a crash at Yale and Austin Peay.
The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Lieutenant Myron Fair was identified by police as the officer who was killed.
MPD said Lieutenant Fair started his career with the Memphis Police Department in August 1993 in the 69th Basic Recruit Session.
In 2004 Lt. Fair was shot in the line of duty while executing an arrest and search warrant on a violent drug violator. He received the Memphis Police Department's Service Medal for combat after that shooting.
FOX13 spoke to a witness who did not want to be identified. He said he saw the officer’s car flying and flipping in the air. When he ran to check on the victim, he saw his blue uniform.
“I was so sad,” he said. “I just knew that this was not going to turn out good and I felt sympathy for his family.”
The driver of the other car, Marquell Griffin was detained and taken to Regional One for medical treatment. He is expected to be okay.
Griffin has been charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, Vehicular Homicide, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, and possession of a controlled substance.
He is being held on $400,000 bond.
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Police said he left his vehicle and walked to the Exxon gas station nearby. They said officers found him lying on the ground in front of the business bleeding and playing with car keys.
They told us Griffin could hardly stand - and smelled like intoxicants.
"Currently, our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time," Rallings said.
This is an ongoing investigation.
"This is a tough time for MPD, we ask the public to keep MPD and the off-duty lieutenant’s family in thoughts and prayers," Rallings said.
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