'Moesha' actor arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession in Scottsdale

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Marcus Paulk By Jennifer Thomas Marcus Paulk By Jennifer Thomas
Marcus Paulk By Jennifer Thomas Marcus Paulk By Jennifer Thomas
Marcus Paulk By Jennifer Thomas Marcus Paulk By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- An actor known for his role in the hit UPN sitcom "Moesha" was arrested by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies early Super Bowl Sunday in Scottsdale and jailed on charges of driving under the influence and drug possession.

Marcus Paulk, 28, of Woodland Hills, California, was pulled over by a deputy after he said he saw him drive dangerously close to a fire truck that was stopped with its lights on, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

The deputy said Paulk's vehicle came within 1 foot of hitting the side mirror of the fire truck near the intersection of Indian School Road and Drinkwater Boulevard.

Paulk also made a right turn, but turned into the inside left lane instead of the lane he was in.

Deputies said Paulk's blood-alcohol content was 0.109 percent. Deputies said they also found marijuana in Paulk's pocket and that he told them he smoked pot and drank cognac before driving.

He was booked into jail on suspicion of marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and driving under the influence.

He is due in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 9.

Paulk has retained high-profile civil rights and criminal defense attorney Benjamin Taylor to defend him in court ,and is asking civil rights leader Rev. Jarrett Maupin to serve as a spokesman and look into the nature of his arrest.

Taylor released this statement: "My office will vigorously defend Mr. Paulk against these charges. Celebrities should not be in fear of traveling to or through Arizona. We invite them here to party, to have a good time, to raise Arizona's profile. We need to protect them as well. Celebrity is a two way street."

Reverend Maupin also released this statement: "I look forward to advocating for Mr. Paulk. Too many celebrities, musicians, athletes, and other high-profile people come to Arizona to party and vacation but leave on probation. Something is clearly wrong. Mike Tyson, Charles Barkley, Warren Sapp, Lil' Wayne, DMX, and many others - now including Marcus Paulk. This is a worrisome trend. We must address how people are treated by and why certain people are singled out by the police in Arizona."