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Thomas Co. Manager arrested for DUI

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A Thomas County official is suspended without pay after he was charged with driving under the influence. Police say County Manager Mike Stephenson had a blood alcohol level of .19 when he as pulled over Sunday.

Police say they got a call that Stephenson hit a mailbox on Bluebird Avenue just before four Sunday afternoon and kept driving.

The witness who saw it happen followed Stephenson and called police.

Police caught up with Stephenson at his home on Brookwood Drive. "We always recommend that citizens if you're going to witness something and follow someone that you stay a safe distance and do not try to get into any altercation or stop a vehicle yourself," said Lt. Eric Hampton.

Stephenson failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Thomas County Jail where he took a breathalyzer test.

Stephenson was released on bond. He faces charges of DUI and striking a fixed object.

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