SARALAND, Ala. (WALA) – A Mount Vernon Police Officer found himself on the other side of the law Sunday morning: arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Saraland Police said a witness called police when they noticed a car swerving while merging from I-165 onto I-65 Northbound around 2 a.m. Sunday, August, 10.
Corporal Arlan Gaines with the Saraland Police Department said officers pulled over and approached the vehicle of Mount Vernon Officer Franky Buck, who was not on duty at the time.
When the officer got up to Mr. Buck, the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and Mr. Buck said he was an officer for Mount Vernon Police Department,” Gaines explained.
Gaines said Buck failed three field sobriety tests and refused to take a Drager test — a sort of breathalyzer which shows the percentage of alcohol in the bloodstream.
Since Buck refused the Drager test, he was held for 12 hours before he was released around 3 p.m. Monday, August 13.
Mount Vernon Police Chief Vince Nye said the arrest took him by surprise.
“He’s never been a drinker. He’s never been one of those guys who would go out. He’s family oriented so when I heard this, it was a shock,” Nye said.
Buck was employed with Mt. Vernon for a year before he put in his resignation to work with another police department August 1. Nye said Buck’s last day was Tuesday, August 12.
Fox10 News asked for dash cam video but we were told it will be used as evidence in trial and isn’t being released.