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Deputy taken to jail for DUI

2011 photo, source: Sumter Co. sheriff 2011 photo, source: Sumter Co. sheriff
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Quitman County deputy Jason Wilkins was arrested for DUI last night in Arlington. 

He calls it "politically motivated."

Wilkins told WALB News that he was pulled over for having a broken taillight, and then the female officer said she smelled alcohol in his car, and called for backup. He said the Calhoun County sheriff and the Early County sheriff responded personally.

He said no field sobriety test or Intoxilzer breath-test was administered, but he was taken to the Early County jail, where he spent the night. He said he was told Wednesday morning that he could go, and that he was never booked, photographed, or fingerprinted.

Wilkins also said that he filed paperwork to run for sheriff of Calhoun County, and was stopped that night. 

Calhoun County Sheriff Josh Hilton says he didn’t know anything about Jason Wilkins arrest until this morning. The incident took place in Early County and he was not even there.

Hilton also adds qualifying for the Sheriff’s race doesn’t begin until next year.

Arlington Police Chief Casey Taylor said that his office is still determining exactly what Wilkins will be charged with, and those will be forthcoming.

Quitman County Sheriff Billy Joe Foster told WALB News Wednesday that Wilkins is still employed by his office, and will be, pending the court case running its course.

Wilkins is the former chief of police in Edison.

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