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Hephzibah police officer fired after DUI arrest

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 7:48 PM
Last updated 8:44 PM
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A Hephzibah police officer charged with DUI last weekend in Oglethorpe County was fired Thursday.

Michael Dodaro had been on administrative duty pending an internal investigation by the Hephzibah Police Department.

Police Chief Dwayne Flowers said he opted to terminate Dodaro before receiving blood test results for the DUI charge due to Dodaro’s track record of “erratic” and “unprofessional” driving.

“He’s been counseled on his driving behavior a couple of other times,” Flowers said. “When I talked to the people involved, the witnesses and the officers, I was able to determine that his driving behavior was still not where it should be for a police officer.”

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

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 driving a county-issued vehicle at his arrest and the vehicle sustained two flat tires during the incident, authorities said. He resigned a week later.

Dodaro has also been involved in two other traffic incidents in the past two weeks, said Flowers, who was notified this month by Athens authorities that Dodaro had been taken in for “erratic driving” and “not driving safe” but wasn’t charged.

On Saturday, the night before Dodaro’s DUI arrest, the former officer also hit a deer with his vehicle, Flowers said.

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griff6035
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griff6035 10/24/13 - 11:54 pm
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Chief Flowers

And he did not know about Dodaro's resent problems, give me a break!

jmo
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jmo 10/25/13 - 06:50 am
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As this story is written........

this man shouldn't even be allowed in the back seat of a vehicle.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/25/13 - 09:32 am
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CC needs a new code enforcement officer.
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CC needs a new code enforcement officer.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 10/25/13 - 10:40 am
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To his family and friends:

To his family and friends: Time to hold an intervention for drug treatment. Then the rest is up to him.

djkillaran
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djkillaran 10/25/13 - 01:08 pm
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Could have been worse!!

Just be glad he is off the streets. All we need around here is a drunk officer with a gun on the loose. If you could look at the numbers on officers that shoud have gotten a DUI its probably scary. I've seen officers (plan cloth) leave a bar totally drunk and drive home. Cops always have a code they stick to. They have each others back until they get caught.

T.More
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T.More 10/25/13 - 11:54 pm
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What Happened to All Those Second Chance Proponents in April???

All I hear are crickets... He was just misunderstood, stressed, in need of rest and rehabilitation. Sure. There is such a fine, blurred and often times crossed blue line between enforcing and violating the law. But that is life. Give a 12 week course, a just passing POST certification requirement, and any maligned, under appreciated man or woman can be given a badge and a gun to go on an authority trip. Screw up? We will give you another job in a city not 20 miles away to continue the true terrorizing of citizens. Just heard on the Channel 12 News piece that he tried shaking down an innocent citizen he pulled over for the 150 dollars in the guys wallet during the traffic stop. Left on the job anyways and given the authority to strip you and I of our constitutional rights. Crazy! In the last few years I have seen multiple officers "resign" to show up who knows where in GA with their arrest powers intact. One of them is our current Sheriff, who left after scrutiny of taking files home and leaving them abandoned in an apartment he was evicted out of, just to reappear. Luckily, one of those files just happened to be salvaged and a murder conviction was the result in a 1986 cold case. Enough benefit of the doubt for those who take a oath of public service and abuse it. It should be one time you are out. No do overs and no second chances to be put in a position where you have the power to take freedom and maybe even the life of another citizen while hiding behind that tarnished badge.

The Doc
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The Doc 10/26/13 - 12:53 pm
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Dodaro

Give this guy a break. With 2 arrests his POST certification will probably be revoked. He has and will pay a heavy price. Now don't rub it in. He needs compassion and it appears he needs treatment. That could save his life and his family.

juantez
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juantez 10/26/13 - 09:50 pm
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What this guy need is a 6x8 jail cell.

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