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Southaven attorney busted for DUI

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) - Prominent north Mississippi personal injury attorney Benjamin Taylor may need some legal maneuvering to get out of his own DUI.

Taylor was arrested Thursday, May, 2, after he was found asleep in a Southaven ditch.

In a quiet Southaven neighborhood on Meadown Point neighbors had a rude awakening.

"Dispatch sent cars to a complaint of a vehicle parked in someone's driveway with music blaring," said Southaven Deputy Police Chief Steven Pirtle. "This was around 3 in the morning."

The vehicle belonged Taylor. Police say his car was in the driveway with the door open.

"He was lying in a ditch asleep," Deputy Chief Pirtle said. "He was subsequently charged with a DUI and transported to the DeSoto County jail."

Deputy Chief Pirtle also said Taylor was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Taylor had up to six weapons in the car, including an AK-47.

Taylor, though, was not charged with having the firearms in his car.

"In the State of Mississippi, you can have weapons in your vehicle. The Supreme Court has stated it's an extension of your home," Deputy Chief Pirtle added.

Taylor bonded out of jail Friday morning.

Taylor has practice law for more than a decade. He's a personal injury attorney who handles cases involving car crashes, criminal law, even automobile negligence.

UPDATE: On July 30, 2013, Benjamin Taylor was acquitted of all charges after a bench trial in Southaven Municipal Court. Judge James Preston Vance, a Grenada Mississippi Municipal Judge, heard the case and found Taylor not guilty. A special prosecutor was brought in for that trial.

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