Tamara Mitchell-Ford spent the night in a Collierville jail last Tuesday:

The officer used the squad car’s camera system to video the Jaguar as it swerved while traveling 20 mph in a 45 mph zone, the police report states.

After stopping the car, the officer reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol coming from Ford, hearing her slurred speech, having to support her during a field sobriety test, and finding a mostly empty bottle of vodka.

Mitchell-Ford refused to submit to a breath analysis, and act for which she was charged in addition to DUI, reckless driving and driving with an open container.

Mitchell-Ford is former state senator John Ford’s ex-wife (John Ford is currently under indictment on charges stemming from the FBI’s Tennessee Waltz sting), and aunt to Harold Ford, Jr.

This is not Mitchell-Ford’s first brush with the law.

  • In 2001, she rammed her car into the Collierville home of Connie Matthews, John Ford’s long-time girlfriend. John Ford was living with both women at the time, spending some nights each week with Mitchell-Ford and her 3 children, other nights with Matthews and her 2 children. All five children are John Ford’s.
  • In 2004, she spent for 3 months in jail for traffic offenses and violating probation.
  • In 2006, she spent another weekend in jail for violating probation.

She was released on Wednesday afternoon on $500 bond, but failed to report the incident to her parole officer so a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was arrested at her home Wednesday evening by Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies for violating the terms of her parole.

Anyone see a pattern here?