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DeKalb Cop Arrested for DUI, Reckless Driving

The tables have turned for one DeKalb County police officer. On Sunday, Fredrick A. Hicks was arrested for driving drunk, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Hicks, a 10-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, was pulled over on I-85 on suspicion of DUI, authorities say. He's been charged with DUI, reckless driving, driving in an improper lane, and speeding for the incident.

DeKalb police arrested Hicks on I-85 near Clairmont Road, according to authorities. He was booked into DeKalb jail at around 7:30 a.m. Hicks was released Sunday afternoon on $2,500 bond, police say. He's now facing a slew of charges, including DUI and reckless driving, according to DeKalb County jail records.

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.

If Hicks is found guilty of his charges he could possibly see jail time. The officer is bound to be a big hit among the inmates.

According to DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parrish, Fredrick A. Hicks has been placed on restrictive duty and assigned to a desk job until an internal investigation has been conducted.

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