There's never a good excuse for a law enforcement officer, much less a chief of police, to be arrested for drunk driving. As an Alabama DUI defense attorney in the Birmingham area, I have very little tolerance for persons of authority who fail to observe the laws they are entrusted to enforce. The recent news of a Tuscumbia police official charged with driving while intoxicated is a sad statement, but one that has occurred from time to time followed by the public's outrage.
According to news reports, Tony Logan, the police chief for the Tuscumbia Police Department, is on the wrong end of a DUI charge after a recent arrest. Apparently, the chief's white SUV ended up in a neighbor's yard in Florence, AL. When officers arrived, the vehicle was still in the man's yard — across the street from the chief's house — with the keys still inside and Logan nowhere to be seen.
When Florence police officers arrived on the scene at about 3:30pm on Saturday, December 5, Chief Logan's mailbox was missing and a second vehicle, which was parked on the street, was damaged. Based on the police report, the neighbor removed the keys from the SUV and handed them to the officers, after which he gave them a complete statement about what he had seen.
Logan, who has been chief of police in Tuscumbia since July 2008, was subsequently arrested at his Florence residence on Castleton Road. According to the police report, Logan refused to take a sobriety test, as well as refused a breathalyzer test. Florence police took blood and urine samples after Logan was taken into custody. He was charged with DUI and booked into the Florence County Detention Center, where he was later released.
Based on a press release that came out of the Tuscumbia city attorney's office, Logan has requested administrative leave. The release also stated that the city would review the incident and that Logan had agreed to cooperate with Tuscumbia officials in the matter.
Prior to taking over in Tuscumbia, Logan had served as the deputy chief for the Florence Police Department. He reportedly resigned in February of 2008 while the Alabama Bureau of Investigation looked into allegations of misconduct on Logan's part.
Questions remain about DUI arrest of Tuscumbia police chief, WAFF.com, December 7, 2009