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Atlanta Cop Goes 128 mph in 55 mph Zone; Charged with DUI

Yet another Georgia officer has been charged with DUI. Last month, Atlanta police officer Jarvis Farley was arrested for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.

Farley, who was going 128 mph in a 55 mph zone, was also charged with reckless driving and speeding, WSBTV reports.

A DeKalb officer spotted 32-year-old Farley speeding on I-285 near Lavista Road in late May. Farley was pulled over on Highway 78 near the North Druid Hills exit.

Farley reportedly told the arresting officer that he was a police officer, showed him his Atlanta police ID, and said he was heading home. According to the arresting officer, Farley's speech was slurred and he had "glassy and blood shot eyes."

According to the police report, Farley fumbled when he reached for his driver's license. The officer gave Farley a series of sobriety tests, including the gaze test, walk and turn, and one-leg stand.

Farley reportedly stumbled through the exercises. The police report reads, "During the walking portion Mr. Farley missed heel to toe, used his arms, stepped of line, conducted an improper turn, took 10 steps back and walked at an angle the second nine steps."

Under Georgia's DUI law, it's illegal for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. A first DUI conviction is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000, 10 days to 12 months in prison, at least 40 hours of community service, and completion of an alcohol or drug use risk reduction program.

A person commits reckless driving by disregarding the safety of people or property while driving. Reckless driving is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to 12 months in prison.

Jarvis Farley has been with the Atlanta Police Department for six years. No word yet on whether Farley will be able to keep his job.

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