Bibb Sheriff Disciplines Deputies Over Simms Stop
At today's press conference, Bibb County Sheriff Jerry Modena outlined the events that took place on the night Judge Howard Simms was stopped at a DUI Checkpoint on Lamar Road.
Modena says a Douglas County Officer first interacted with Simms and detected the smell of alcohol. As is procedure the officer alerted a Bibb County Deputy, Robert Scarborough. Scarborough administered a breathalyzer test that registered .083, slightly over the legal limit. At the completion of the breath test Captain Alden Washington and Sergeant Bruce Jordan arrived at the vehicle and took over. Captain Washington made the decision to allow Simms to leave the scene and followed him home. Both Captain Washington and Sergeant Jordan now face reprimands and punishment.
"Captain Washington will receive an official reprimand, 5 days unpaid suspension from duty, a 90 day probationary period, and will be sent to a 16 hour course on professional ethics training. Sergeant Bruce Jordan will receive an official reprimand, 3 days unpaid suspension from duty, a 90 day probationary period and will be reassigned from the Bibb County Sheriff's HEAT unit to regular patrol operations." -Jerry Modena/Bibb County Sheriff
Modena says Deputy Robert Scarborough was not involved in the decision to allow Simms to leave and will face no disciplinary action.
After reading the statement Sheriff Modena refused to answer any questions and went on to blame the media for slowing the investigation process.
"I have other things I have to do rather than give you information. I told almost all of you that called that I would have a press conference and would do just what I've done. With that said, I bid you all a good day." -Jerry Modena/Bibb County Sheriff