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Hephzibah police officer charged with DUI

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 10:15 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 12:09 AM
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A Hephzibah police officer has been charged with DUI – again.

According to a statement from the Hephzibah Police Department, Michael Dodaro was arrested in Oglethorpe County over the weekend. He has been placed on “administrative duty” while the department performs an internal investigation.

The charge marks the second time in the past eight months that Dodaro has been charged with driving under the influence.

The former Richmond County sheriff’s investigator was suspended from his position with the sheriff’s office in April following a DUI arrest, according to The Augusta Chronicle archives.

Dodaro was found to have been driving a county-issued vehicle at the time of his arrest and the vehicle sustained two flat tires during the incident, authorities said. He resigned a week later.

Hephzibah police Chief Dwayne Flowers couldn’t be reached for comment Monday evening.

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The Doc
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The Doc 10/22/13 - 03:23 am
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Alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse is common in society in general and law enforcement is no exception. I don't know if Mr. Dodaro has been convicted of the first DUI arrest or if he will be convicted of this arrest, and I don't know whether or not he is an alcoholic. I am just going to give a few stats hear for informational purposes.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) National Survey on Drug use and Health, 23.5 million people 12 years of age and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009. Of these, only 2.6 million received treatment at a substance abuse facility. Among these, alcohol is the biggest problem with 53% of people reporting knowing one or more family members with a drinking problem.

Approximately 73% of DUI offenders are first time offenders; with about
20% being second time offenders, approx 5% are third time, and approx 2% are fourth or subsequent offense. In other words, when someone starts racking up the DUI's they become members of a more and more "elite" club.

According to a recent study that examined repeat DUI offenders and controls (negative for repeat DUI) with psychiatric assessments as well as neuropsychological testing, the repeat offenders suffered from cognitive impulsiveness, which relies on associating negative experiences with possible consequences. This helps us better understand the brain process involved in making the decision to drink and drive after already having a DUI.

This next stat is something I remember from a research article long ago but I can't locate it now. Somewhere over 10% but less than 20% of people with one DUI conviction are alcoholics. Approximately 40% of those with two DUI convictions are alcoholics. And over 90% of those with three DUI convictions are alcoholics. Treatment is definitely needed so someone can be rehabilitated and returned to their profession before tragic things like this happen. But it is not as tragic as it could have been. Someone could have died on the road he was on that night. Let's be thankful about that.

The Doc
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The Doc 10/22/13 - 03:29 am
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Correction

That should be "here" and not "hear" at the end of the first paragraph. I am typing this on a phone and it autocorrected the right word.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/22/13 - 09:40 am
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Seem as if there is more than "one rotten apple in the barrel"
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You think? Is law enforcement a magnet for low level criminals? Does respect come with the badge? Or is it earned?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/22/13 - 09:40 am
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Of whom much respect if required, self respect should be key.
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Of whom much respect if required, self respect should be key.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/22/13 - 09:41 am
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Can we trust people who cannot control their private lives to
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have guns and authority to kill? I don't think so.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/22/13 - 09:42 am
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Politicians and preachers do it all the time. Why not the cops
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Politicians and preachers do it all the time. Why not the cops

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/22/13 - 09:43 am
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Only working, taxpaying citizens are required to obey the LAW.
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Only working, taxpaying citizens are required to obey the LAW.

The Doc
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The Doc 10/22/13 - 12:07 pm
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Best of luck and prayers

And best of luck to you Mike. I will be praying for you. You have friends who support you. You are a top notch cop and a good guy, and you did a lot of good in this community. Way more than most folks know. If you don't have a problem then I think you should stand up for the truth and don't let anyone label you and make you go to treatment you don't need. Get through this and get back to work ASAP cause appreciate what you do. And if you do have a problem do what it takes to get better. Please take care of yourself. Either way you will get through this.

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