A Monroe County judge has resigned from his position with Forsyth Municipal Court after he was arrested on DUI charges in Bibb County.
Chief Magistrate Judge Jeffery Davis was pulled over at a license safety check on Ga. 87 near the Bibb County-Monroe County line early Saturday morning.
Davis, a former law enforcement official, refused sobriety tests, said Davis’ attorney Dustin Buttigieg. He was booked at the Bibb County jail at 1:15 a.m. and was released at 2:22 a.m. on a $1,850 bond, said Sgt. Sean DeFoe, Bibb County sheriff’s public information officer.
Davis, who has retained his position as Monroe County magistrate judge, sent in a notice of resignation to Forsyth City Hall midday Sunday, Buttigieg said. The city position involved ruling on DUI cases.
Chief Clerk Janet Eldridge said she could not comment on the resignation or how the post would be filled. Judge Bill Clifton is also a Municipal Court judge.
“He didn’t want the arrest to be a black eye on Forsyth,” Buttigieg said of his client. “When the people who are supposed to judge people are arrested for the same thing, he didn’t want it to affect the job. ... Obviously, he’s still the magistrate judge, but that job doesn’t include DUI decisions.”
Davis was back at work in Magistrate Court on Monday, Buttigieg said.
Buttigieg said it is too early to tell how the case will progress, but he made it clear that the judge is not expecting special favors in the proceedings.
“We’re handling it like any other DUI,” he said of his firm, Buttigieg & Associates, which handles family and criminal cases, including DUI cases.
The firm had not received a police report or video from the patrol car as of Tuesday afternoon, but Buttigieg said based on conversations there may have been some issues with the roadblock being proper.
Davis could not be reached for comment at the Magistrate Court on Tuesday afternoon.
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