The Memphis Police Department (MPD) investigated a single car crash on Winchester at Getwell in the early morning hours of May 20, 2011. Vance Stack’s Chevrolet Tahoe left the roadway while east bound on Winchester Road where it struck the overpass support underneath Getwell Road. Witnesses notified emergency personnel of the crash. Officers found Vance Stacks (age 43) and a male adult passenger on the scene. Memphis Fire Department Paramedics arrived and transported Stacks and the male adult passenger to the Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Stacks refused medical treatment at the hospital.
Evidence presented at trial revealed Stacks (an off-duty Memphis Police officer) was intoxicated while driving the SUV at the time of the crash. During the crash scene investigation, officers located an open bottle of vodka and a loaded handgun on the front floorboard of the SUV. MPD terminated Stacks on October 19, 2012.
DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence of alcohol are each class “A” misdemeanors with a maximum sentence of eleven (11) months and twenty-nine (29) days. Reckless driving is a class “B” misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six (6) months.
Vance Stacks will be sentenced on September 13, 2013 in Criminal Court Division VII.
Assistant district attorney Michael R. McCusker of the Shelby County District Attorney General’s DUI Prosecution Unit prosecuted the case.
The DUI Prosecution Unit prosecutes all DUI cases and vehicular homicide cases in each of the ten (10) Criminal Courts. Through a united effort with local law enforcement, the unit seeks to reduce the number of DUI related fatalities and injuries in Memphis and Shelby County.
Judge Lee Coffee presided.