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Jacksonville mayor arrested, charged with DUI, impersonating officer

Telfair County sheriff’s deputies arrested the appointed mayor of Jacksonville Monday on charges of driving under the influence of drugs.

Sheriff Chris Steverson says John Dopson, who was driving a city police car when he was stopped on U.S. 441 near Ga. 117, is also charged with impersonating a police officer.

Dopson was pulled over at about 4:30 p.m. and remains in Telfair County jail, Steverson said Tuesday morning.

Dopson’s arrest is the result of an investigation which was initiated after a local citizen reported being stopped by a marked and equipped City of Jacksonville Patrol car allegedly being operated by Dopson, according to a Telfair County Sheriff’s Office news release. The investigation also revealed that Dopson is known to operate the police patrol cars on a daily basis as his primary means of transportation, the news release states.

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