The Department of Public Safety has fired a state trooper accused of driving under the influence.
The incident happened Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2:55 a.m. on Peachtree Road at East Shadowlawn Avenue. According to the incident report, he was stopped by another state trooper out on patrol.
The trooper saw a maroon Crown Victoria stopped in the right lane at the intersection of Peachtree and Shadowlawn. The car had its front brakes locked and lurched forward twice, the back tires spinning. The trooper turned around and pulled into the middle lane of Peachtree Road northbound. The trooper said the Crown Victoria was in the right-hand left-turn lane for Piedmont Road.
He saw a Mustang between himself and the Crown Victoria that was revving its engine. The Crown Victoria was revving its engine. The front seat passenger was hanging out of the front window without his seat belt on, yelling at the Mustang. The right rear passenger opened his door as the Crown Victoria was lurching forward and appeared to be attempting to talk with the driver of the Mustang.
“I went through the intersection and made a U-turn at the next intersection,” the trooper’s report says. “I fell in behind the Crown Victoria as it turned north on Piedmont Road. I observed the Crown Victoria following too closely to another vehicle. The Crown Victoria had to tap its brakes to stay off the rear of the vehicle in front of it. I initiated a traffic stop.”
The trooper approached the driver of the Crown Victoria, Deionte McAllister, and asked for a driver’s license as well as the front-seat passenger’s driver’s license. The passenger was given a citation for not wearing a seat belt. The report alleges McAllister turned over his license as well as his Georgia State Patrol Badge. The trooper confirmed McAllister was also a state trooper.
“I had Mr. McAllister step out of his vehicle. I explained the reasons for the stop,” the report says. “Mr. McAllister stated that everyone had their seatbelt on. Mr. McAllister asked how he was reckless. I explained it in detail. While speaking with Mr. McAllister, I could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Mr. McAllister’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. Mr. McAllister’s speech was slow. When asked, Mr. McAllister stated that he had three Guiness beers. Mr. McAllister stated that he went to Dive Bar and then Hangovers.”
The trooper arrested McAllister on charges of DUI.
McAllister was terminated on Jan. 30, the Department of Public Safety said in a press release.