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UPDATE: Residents respond to DUI traffic stop of Columbus police officer

The Starkville Police Department has released an officer's bodycam video of a traffic stop made of a Columbus police officer suspected of driving drunk.

Posted: Mar. 22, 2018 8:32 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville Police Department has released an officer's bodycam video of a traffic stop made of a Columbus police officer believed to have been driving drunk.

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What happened to that Columbus officer has prompted a change by Starkville police in how law enforcement officers in similar situations are treated.

Columbus Sergeant Louis Alexander was pulled over before 1 a.m. March 9 on Highway 12.

In the video, an Officer Henderson asked Alexander how many drinks he had had.

Alexander, who was off duty, said two-and-a-half drinks.

The Columbus officer was given a field sobriety test and appeared to fail it.

Alexander was taken to the Starkville Police Department but was never booked into jail or charged with a crime.

Instead, Columbus police was called to pick Alexnder up, which it did.

Chief Frank Nichols said during a Wednesday news conference that sort of special treatment for law enforcement officers is common practice but his department would no longer do that.

He told reporters any officer arrested for drunk driving will be arrested and charged.

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