Troopers say a Georgia police chief has been arrested on DUI and open container charges.
News outlets report Dillard police Chief Jeremy James Welch was stopped at a safety check roadblock Friday night in Clayton.
A Georgia Public Safety Department report says the 35-year-old told the trooper he drank a six-pack of beer within the past two hours.
The report says the trooper smelled alcohol inside Welch’s pickup truck and saw a Bud Light can in the center console. It says Welch refused to give a blood sample.
Welch bonded out of Rabun County jail for $1,200. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment.
Dillard Mayor William Gordon Robinson says Welch has been suspended pending the investigation’s outcome.
Rabun County is the northeasternmost county in Georgia.