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Chief Dodd answers questions after cop accused of drinking on job


(WRCB) - Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd is addressing concerns after one of his officers was accused of being drunk on the job.

Officer Steve Jones, a 25-year veteran of the force, was accused of drinking while on duty on Saturday while on motorcycle patrol during Riverbend.

The CPD relieved Jones from duty after suspecting that he was under the influence of alcohol around 10:30 p.m., about five hours into his shift. His blood was drawn and sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations to see whether Jones was drunk with a badge.

The investigation is still on-going and he is facing possible internal policy violations as well as criminal charges. The CPD reports concerns with how the preliminary investigation was handled which is being reviewed by the Internal Affairs Division.      

Officer Jones has been placed on administrative leave with pay while the incident is being investigated.

Chief Dodd says Jones is a great traffic officer and a friend. He adds that Jones would be able to retire this Thursday.  Dodd says that if Jones opts to retire, discipline is moot, however if the state crime lab determines he was intoxicated at the time, he could face criminal charges.

Officer Jones has been a wreck reconstructionist, but his Riverbend assignment was to prevent parking on overpasses/off ramps.

Dodd says he can't comment as to how fellow officers suspected Jones had been drinking, whether he had altered behavior or alcohol on his breath.  Chief Dodd says at least six officers within Jones' unit were on scene at time. Internal Affairs will question them, and supervisors. Those officers could face discipline if IA determines they acted inappropriately during the investigation.

Police Department policy is no alcohol at least 8 hours prior to duty. Even if not legally drunk, ANY BAC means discipline if Jones on force.

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