A Georgia mayor was reportedly accused of drunk driving Tuesday night after crossing state lines and stopping while encroaching on his jurisdiction.
Lookout Mountain Mayor David Bennett was handcuffed Tuesday in Peach state after authorities said police in neighboring Tennessee originally tried to stop him, WTVC reported.
Tennessee officials wanted Bennett to stop for a headlight violation and lane failure, but the Georgia State Patrol said he “kept driving and drove into Georgia and came to a stop,” the news channel reported.
Lookout Mountain, Georgia police arrived at the scene and recognized the mayor, who allegedly smelled of alcohol, state police said, according to Local 3 News. At that point, Georgia soldiers were called and Bennett was taken into custody after field sobriety tests, the TV station said.
City manager Kenny Lee told Local 3 News city officials are aware of Bennett’s legal troubles, and the mayor claims he is innocent.
“Mayor Bennett indicated that he was not intoxicated and offered to take a breathalyzer,” Lee said in a statement. “He is looking forward to his day in court to prove his innocence and is confident he will be exonerated.”
The tiny town of Georgia has fewer than 2,000 residents.
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