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.