Initial news reports, based on court documents, state that Todd was driving his GMC Envoy when stopped by police, who detected a strong odor of alcohol from inside the vehicle.
Todd was the co-sponsor, along with state Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) of the Norris-Todd bill, an ad hoc measure passed by the General Assembly last February to guide the ongoing merger of school systems in Shelby County. The basic provisions of Norris-Todd, including a two-year timetable for merger of Memphis City Schools with Shelby County Schools and the creation of a Planning Commission to advise the transition, have been affirmed in the rulings of U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays. A provision of the bill allowing special school districts in 2013 has not yet been ruled on by Judge Mays.
Todd also become something of a cynosure last year for remarks during a committee hearing in which he likened the potential birth rate of illegal immigrants to that of rats.