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APD Investigator Bennie Bridges Arrested For DUI

It’s always fun to hear of those stories where a cop arrests another police officer. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that authorities in Cobb County recently arrested an officer with the Atlanta Police Department on February 3 after the off-duty officer was seen driving at very high speeds.

Officer Bennie Bridges was booked into the Cobb County Jail last week after the highway incident and was reportedly charged with speeding, DUI and marijuana possession. Jail records show that Bridges is now out of jail on a $1,900 bond.

The Atlanta Police Department has stated that Bridges was placed on administrative leave with pay after the arrest. Atlanta Police Chief Turner said in a statement that he did not have a comment on the matter, but that failure to follow the laws will result in disciplinary action for officers of the department.

Bennie Bridges became somewhat famous in the Atlanta community in 2009 after a controversial raid of the gay bar, the Atlanta Eagle. He was the lead investigator in the raid, which eventually led to a federal lawsuit against the Atlanta Police Department after bar patrons claimed that they were unlawfully searched and detained. The police department settled the suit for more than $1 million.

It looks like Bridges will now be in the hot seat once again, only this time it’s for criminal charges. Penalties for a first-time DUI conviction in Atlanta can be quite severe and can include jail time, probation, community service, fines, and mandatory enrollment in an alcohol and drug treatment program.

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