Highway patrol chief blasts judge for dismissing DUI charge by blaming troopers
Mississippi’s public safety commissioner is slamming a judge’s ruling dismissing a drunken driving charge against a city attorney.
Commissioner Marshall Fisher, in a statement released Monday, says the dismissal of the charge against Tupelo city attorney Ben Logan “is nothing more than local politics getting the end result they wanted by blaming a state agency.”
Lee County Justice Court Judge Chuck Hopkins told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that he dismissed the charge as unconstitutional, findng the DUI checkpoint hadn’t been approved by a supervisor.
Hopkins on July 11 dismissed a DUI refusal charge against Logan.
Logan was charged in December with refusing a DUI breathalyzer test.
Fisher, though, says that reasoning is bogus, saying a trooper master sergeant was present and that the Highway Patrol followed the law.
The man police say murdered an Ole Miss student over the weekend made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning.... read more