Morrow Police Chief Jailed for DUI
JONESBORO,Ga (AP)-Authorities say a Georgia police chief has been arrested and is facing a charge of driving under the influence.
A police sergeant noticed a motorist asleep at the wheel while stopped at the intersection of Southlake Parkway and Highway 54, according to Dep. Chief Tim Robinson of the Clayton County Police Department. Robinson said the sergeant recognized the sleeping driver as Morrow Police Chief Jeffery Charles Baker. The sergeant detected the smell of alcohol, according to the police report. Baker refused to follow the officer’s orders and tried to take off, the report says.
Baker refused field sobriety and blood tests, according to the officer. Baker then drove to his space at police headquarters without permission, where he was arrested for DUI.
“There were some beer cans found in the back of the car, so there is evidence to substantiate or support these charges,” said Robinson.
Baker was booked into the jail at 1:22 a.m. Thursday and released three hours and 20 minutes later.
In 2008, Baker’s certification was revoked by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) after an investigation into alleged falsifying a firearms training course.
“Police officers are held to a high standard, police chiefs are held to a higher standard, we don’t need that kind of thing reflecting law enforcement inGeorgia,” said Ken Vance, executive director of POST.
Jail records state that the 43-year-old Baker also faces charges of having an open container, impeding traffic, driving too fast for conditions, improperly changing lanes and a red light violation.
The jail records do not indicate whether Baker has an attorney.
Baker joined the police department in 2005 and was named police chief the following year.