Gwinnett Law Enforcement may have a bit of egg on their face today after Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister’s blood test results came back negative. Despite having blown a 0.00 on a breathalizer, Bannister was still taken to jail in handcuffs.
The arrest was made after a “concerned citizen” informed the Sheriff’s Department that Bannister was driving drunk. While the Sheriff’s office contends that Bannister failed field sobriety tests, both their test and one from a hospital did not detect alcohol in Bannister’s system.
I’m aware of a similar incident happening in Fayette County more than 20 years ago, when the Chairman of the local Republican party (and I believe a candidate for the General Assembly) was pulled over by 6 police cars (and with a local newspaper present) after leaving a local restaurant. He was on the front page of said paper the next morning as being arrested for DUI, but tests later revealed he also had a 0.00 BAC.
It’s hard to un-ring a bell of a fake DUI arrest, but a thorough investigation of this “concerned citizen” needs to be conducted, along with any ties to the Sheriff’s department or others in Gwinnett Government. There’s plenty to be angry at the Gwinnett Commission about these days, but faking a DUI arrest turns out of touch commissioners into citizens deserving of sympathy.
Woe be unto those who concocted this abuse of government power.