- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A sheriff’s deputy in central Georgia is facing a drunken driving charge.

Authorities say the Bibb County deputy was apprehended by a Georgia State Patrol trooper early Saturday morning.

Authorities say the trooper was conducting a traffic stop near Riverside Drive and Spring Street when Deputy Mitchell Tharpe pulled up next to the trooper to “assist the motorist.”

The Telegraph reports (https://bit.ly/1GGhWb1) that Tharpe was in his patrol vehicle, but not on duty.

Authorities said in a statement that Tharpe displayed signs of being intoxicated and was given a field sobriety test at the scene. He was booked into the Bibb County Jail on the drunken driving charge.

It was not clear Sunday whether Tharpe had an attorney.


Information from: The Macon Telegraph, https://www.macontelegraph.com

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