PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Moss Point Police Chief Art McClung was stopped by Pascagoula police after officers allegedly clocked him going 109 mph in a city vehicle, but was not cited, even after McClung told them he’d had “at least three vodkas.”
The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/2bAvHJV ) reports McClung was pulled over July 29 but was not ticketed or arrested. No report was filed. The newspaper submitted a public records request to review video and audio recordings on the stop.
In an interview, Pascagoula Police Chief Kenny Johnson said he directed officers to drive McClung home. He said the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution, because there had been some alcohol consumed.”
McClung, however, denied being impaired.
“If I was under the influence and there were no charges brought against me, I didn’t receive a ticket or a summons, what do I need to talk about it for?” McClung told the newspaper. “People get stopped every day. Every day. So I don’t understand what I need to talk about.”
McClung told the reporter to call Pascagoula police “and see if I got any charges or if I got to appear in court, whatever it is, and if that’s the case, then that’s news. This ain’t no news. People get stopped all the time.”
When asked what did happen, McClung said: “I was stopped. I was stopped and I was released.”
When asked about driving 109 mph, McClung said: “No way in the world I was going 109. Please, I wouldn’t do it.”
The Sun Herald asked Johnson what he would say to those who might think McClung received special treatment because he’s a law enforcement officer.
“I can’t respond to every innuendo people draw from everything we do. I mean, again, a decision was made to handle it the way it was handled,” Johnson said.
He added: “We use discretion when we charge and don’t charge people. It’s not that everybody that gets pulled over gets charged.”
Johnson said he talked on the phone with McClung at the time of the incident and “the guy sounded fine to me.”
That observation, however, differs from what officers on the scene can be heard saying to each other.
In one of the videos, officers are heard saying, “He’s obviously DUI.”
Also, officers can be heard saying: “He’s toast. He knows it, too. You could tell from the time we walked up.”
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com