Chief Dodd: others could face discipline for officer suspected drunk

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) — A veteran Chattanooga Police officer remains suspended with pay while Internal Affairs investigators await results of blood alcohol tests to determine whether he was drunk while on duty the last night of Riverbend.

But Chief Bobby Dodd says Steven Jones may not be the only officer to face disciplinary action.

“I want to know who knew what, and what actions were taken,” Dodd told a news conference Tuesday.

“There may be some other officers who have some consequences….it (the incident) couldn’t have happened at a worse time for us.”

Dodd describes Jones as a friend.  Jones was about four hours into a motorcycle patrol of the Olgiati Bridge Saturday night, tasked with preventing drivers from gawking during the fireworks display.

“One of the officers observed something and it got reported to us,” Chief Dodd says.

He declined to say whether Jones’ behavior or his breath was the tip-off, citing the open investigation.


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