No indictment for former south Georgia sheriff

'Chunk' Jones confronted McIntosh deputy at son's traffic stop

DARIEN, Ga. --  McIntosh County grand jury has declined to indict former Sheriff Charles "Chunk" Jones on a charge of obstructing an officer.

The grand jury voted to "no bill'' the proposed indictment, which was presented in open court earlier this week, the Darien News reported.

The indictment, which was presented by a special prosecutor, included misdemeanor and felony counts of obstructing an officer on Feb. 6 in Darien.

McIntosh County Sheriff's Deputy Travis Palmer stopped Jones' son, Chris, beside U.S. 17 to check his vehicle's window tinting, which the officer believed was darker than allowed by law, Chief Deputy Williams Jennings said the day after the arrest.

The former sheriff arrived and repeatedly interrupted the deputy, touched him at one point and refused the deputy's instructions to step back, Jennings said.

Palmer, who had been recently hired from Liberty County, did not know Charles Jones or his son, Jennings said at the time.

Jones was charged with obstructing an officer with violence, a felony, and taken to the county jail where he was booked and released on his own recognizance at the request of Sheriff Steve Jessup.

The window tint was found to be legal and Palmer issued no citation.

Jones lost the sheriff's race to Jessup in 2008.

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