Jacksonville mayor charged with DUI, impersonating police officer


JACKSONVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Jacksonville’s “appointed” mayor was arrested Monday for driving under the influence of drugs and impersonating a police officer.

Telfair County sheriff’s deputies arrested John Dopson Monday afternoon on U.S. 441. According to a news release, Dopson was being investigated for operating marked and equipped police cruisers as his primary means of transportation.

Complainants reported seeing Dopson driving the patrol car in a dangerous and reckless manner and also stopping residents as if he were an officer.

Sheriff Chris Steverson says Jacksonville Mayor John Dopson refused a drug test because he “knew such a test would indicate positive results for weed.”

Dopson is currently in jail. No bond has been set.

This week’s incident is on top of another story that made headlines out of Jacksonville in December. That’s when Jacksonville Police Chief, Charles Briley, and his wife, Ashley, who was also a certified Georgia police officer, were accused of stealing a newspaper collection box and keeping it at their house to use as a well cover. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations called for charges after Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney requested the investigation. The Briley’s are each charged with one count of theft by taking, one felony county of false statements and writings and one felony count of violation of oath by a public officer.

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