An arrest warrant says Sailor bounced a $1,110 check meant to pay utilities on a house in Gwinnett. Authorities also charged him with driving with a suspended license and failure to appear in court.
Sailor represents parts of southeastern DeKalb and western Rockdale counties, but officers arrested him in Norcross, several miles outside his legislative district.
The legislators said in an interview that he occasionally stays at the house in Norcross to avoid a lengthy early Sunday morning commute to Christ the King Baptist Church in Duluth, where he used to work and where his father still preaches.
“I am very embarrassed,” Sailor said Monday. “This puts me in a posture where I am deeply apologetic to all of the constituents in my district and anyone else who may have been inconvenienced by this.”
Sailor’s booking sheet, prepared by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, lists his home address as Brookside Oak Circle in Norcross, which is well outside his DeKalb County district. Georgia law forbids state legislators from representing political districts they don’t live in.
Sailor said he kept the separate residence to be near Christ the King Baptist Church in Duluth. The church’s rector is Ron Sailor Sr., who was once a popular WSB-TV newscaster.
The bounced check charge isn’t the first time the younger Sailor has been in financial trouble.
Last June, the state filed a request to garnish Sailor’s state wages to help settle $13,487 in delinquent state income taxes.
Sailor told the Journal-Constitution last year that he had paid the back taxes, but state revenue officials said then that they could not verify his claim because of tax privacy laws.
In addition, Sailor failed to file 12 required campaign-disclosure reports for 2006 and 2007, and he owed the State Ethics Commission $900, according to records.
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