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Mayor caught driving a police car under the influence of drugs

By Mason White 2:48 PM February 11, 2016
John Dopson 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) The mayor of a town in Georgia, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after allegedly driving a police under the influence of weed, police said.

Telfair County police said that they have arrested John Dopson, who is the mayor of Jackson, after residents complained that he was driving a police cruiser.

Dopson was charged with impersonating an officer and driving under the influence. He was booked into the Telfair County jail.

According to the police investigation, officers received calls from residents on Monday night, saying that Dopson driving a police car.

Officers went to search for the mayor and he was pulled over.

The mayor told officers that he had weed in his system, and refused a blood and urine test.

The mayor has an outstanding charge of aggravated assault in an unrelated case, police said.

“In response to numerous complaints related to the daily personal use of a marked and equipped City of Jacksonville patrol car by an individual who possesses no law enforcement authority, investigators with the Telfair County Sheriff’s Office conducted an inquiry.

“Investigators interviewed several individuals who reported that John Dopson, the town’s appointed mayor, can be observed daily operating a marked and equipped Jacksonville patrol car.

“Investigators obtained at least 3 statements from individuals who reported witnessing Dopson operating the patrol vehicle on the highways with its blue lights activated.

“One resident provided a statement recounting an incident in which Dopson followed her in the marked patrol car and activated its blue lights in order to effect a traffic stop.

“Another statement recounts a citizen witnessing Dopson pursuing a vehicle on U.S. Highway 441 with the blue lights fully activated.

“Law enforcement officers as well as citizens routinely observe Dopson using a marked and equipped patrol car as his primary means of personal transportation,” police said on Facebook.