Bibb County deputy fired after being charged with DUI

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Bibb County sheriff’s deputy has been fired, after he was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) by the Georgia State Patrol.

Sheriff David Davis says the trooper had reason to believe the deputy was drunk.

Mitchell Tharp was arrested around 6 A.M. Saturday, when he interrupted the trooper’s traffic stop.

“At the scene he was given a test on a portable alcohol sensing device which really measures if alcohol (levels) and approximately how much a person has in their system,” said Bibb County Sheriff David Davis. “He registered a reading which would be above the legal limit on that. But, when he came down to the jail. There’s an instrument down here that is run and is technically the one that is admitted in court. he refused that test.”

He tested Tharp and determined the deputy was intoxicated. Sheriff Davis said Tharp refused to take an additional sobriety test when he was brought to the Bibb County Jail.

“We have a lot of good officers, ” said Davis. I mean the vast majority of our deputies both from the former Macon Police Department and from the pre-consolidation  sheriff’s office, are good hard working men and women that are trying to make difference. But, those who are going to engage in imbecilic and criminal behavior are gonna be dealt with, and I can’t tolerate it,”  “The people who are out there on the street with these officers don’t want to tolerate it.”

Tharp was off-duty at the time of his arrest, but he was in a Bibb County Sheriff’s car when he got involved in the trooper’s traffic stop.

Tharp joined the Macon Police Department in 2012 and became a deputy during the government consolidation.

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