07/02/2010

Ga. sheriff in hot seat after botched DUI

His deputies arrested a county chairman whose BAC turned out to be .000

By David Wickert, Andria Simmons and Patrick Fox
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway apologized Thursday for charging County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister with DUI, and he scrambled to explain how his department mishandled the incident.

Bannister was exonerated three days after his arrest when a second alcohol test came back with the same result as the first: The chairman did not have alcohol in his system Monday night and was not driving under the influence when a sheriff's deputy pulled him over.

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