It’s kind of stupid to arrest a political rival for DUI after field tests indicate he has no alcohol in his system. For Gwinnett County, it may prove costly as well. Former Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister is now suing the county he once governed:
The suit accuses Conway and two deputies of false arrest, false imprisonment and retaliatory prosecution. It seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
“Unfortunately, the sheriff thinks you can use the unbridled power of the office for your own personal and political gain,” Atlanta attorney David Walbert, one of Bannister’s attorneys, said. “If the Constitution doesn’t provide a remedy for this then we don’t have a Constitution anymore.”
Bannister was arrested on DUI charges in June 2010 and was later cleared. He was drinking at a Lilburn-area restaurant when a witness called an off-duty sheriff’s deputy to report Bannister was drinking and driving his county-issued car.
A deputy staked out the restaurant and arrested Bannister shortly after he left. A breath test later showed he had no alcohol in his system, and a blood test later verified those results.
Now thanks to the word Constitution* being used twice in the same quote, it will be a while before I’m able to drive home as well.
*For those who are new and playing along at home, that’s my word in the Peach Pundit drinking game. Limited to ages 21 & up please.