BREAKING NEWS: Corinth police investigating a homicide Full Story

Starkville police to no longer let officers avoid arrest if suspected of DUI

The Starkville Police Department says it will no longer let fellow police officers go without being arrested or charged if suspected of driving under the influence.

Posted: Wed Mar 21 17:59:19 PDT 2018
Updated: Wed Mar 21 17:59:19 PDT 2018

Speech to Text for Starkville police to no longer let officers avoid arrest if suspected of DUI

Below is the closed-captioning text associated with this video. Since this uses automated speech to text spelling and grammar may not be accurate.

where earlier this month there were reports of a columbus police officer pulled over in starkville while driving under the influence good after noon im craig ford and i'm emily leonard.. well... it appears that officer was then let go without charges. today, the starkville police department addressed the issue in a news conference. wtva's rebecca butcher was there and joins us with how the department is handling it. right here is a copy of an anonymous letter that was forwared to us regarding this situation. a columbus officer driving while impaired here in starkville, then let go without charges. chief frank nichols spoke to media to and admitted that this was a bad judgement call..one that they will now act to not repeat. ." pkg ""the decision to release mr.alexander whoexhibitedsigns of being under the influence of alcohol was a bad judgement call and is notindicativeof the type of service that the starkville police department strives to render." this is car dash footage wtva received after arequest..it shows columbus officer sgt. louis alexander driving near highway 12 in starkville...he was pulled over after swerving. ""i think we have to get more responsible with that because with today's time" it was a faulty judgement call, one that chief frank nichols says is common in the police community...to let another fellow officer proceed without charges in a stop. "a lot of times is a professional courtesy that's not something new to starkville that's something that's practiced within the law enforcement profession. alexanderwas givenafield sobriety test, which documented he was under the influence... the chief says starkville pd called the city of columbus...alexander was then taken backto columbus and picked up from the station. "if an officer is going to put himself and the publicin danger by driving under the influence , he doesn't need to wear that badge." columbus piojoe dillion confirms on tuesday in a council meeting a city ecolumbus piojoe dillion confirmson tuesday in a council meeting a city employee was suspended for 30 days...he would not confirm that person's name. today's acting policy will require officers to charge those under the influnce...and not up to the officer reporting live in starkville, rb wtva nine news. mployee was suspended for 30 days...he would not confirm that person's name. today's acting policy will require officers to charge those under the influnce...and not up to the officer reporting live in starkville, rb wtva nine news. the starkville
Tupelo
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 70°
Columbus
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 74°
Oxford
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 73°
Starkville
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 72°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather