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Police officer leaves job after DUI arrest

One of America's most treasured rights is the assumption of innocence until guilt is proven. This matters beyond retaining freedom and privileges that are also guaranteed by law. Convictions for crimes can follow people for the rest of their lives, making professional opportunities harder to find and goals harder to attain.

A former assistance police chief has already given up his job after a traffic stop resulted in an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. The man has served in Clarkston outside Atlanta for years before he chose to resign a day before an internal affairs investigation into his behavior would have begun.

The former chief was stopped for running a red light in Henry County when the arresting police officer spotted an open container of alcohol in his car. The officer reported that the driver admitted to having a few drinks at a local bar, later claiming a friend dropped a beverage in his car.

Charges against the driver include driving under the influence, disregarding a traffic control device and possessing an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. He originally refused to take a sobriety test, which is his right under Georgia law. Drivers do not have to submit to illegal searches of their person or vehicle, a right recently reaffirmed by the Supreme Court.

It is always important to cooperate with law enforcement officers and remember the right to legal counsel if a driver is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An attorney can later contest the legitimacy of a DUI arrest or related evidence.

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