Bibb Sheriff: Captain "Used Poor Judgment"

7:32 AM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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The Bibb County Sheriff's captain who allowed Superior Court Judge Howard Simms to drive home after a DUI stop "used poor judgment," according to a Monday news release.

Simms was stopped on Lamar Road on September 22 and given a breathalyzer that registered a .083, according to the release. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08. 

He was allowed to drive home with a sheriff's captain following him, which "did not follow proper procedures," according to a news release.

Though the breathalyzer was performed, officials say other roadside tests were not. 

Bibb Sheriff Jerry Modena met with internal affairs investigators Monday afternoon about the incident involving Simms but will not decide on any disciplinary actions until the investigation is complete.

The release says an officer from an outside agency stopped Simms and noticed an odor of alcohol coming from inside his vehicle. He directed a Bibb Sheriff's deputy to check Simms for possible impairment. 

Last week Simms released a statement admitting he was stopped by deputies and that he drove himself home after the sobriety test. He said, in his statement, he would be seeking help at a treatment facility.

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