A Yazoo City resident told the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that a police officer refused to arrest a drunk driver who damaged her property.
Cynthia J. Walker said that on July 3 a drunk driver hit her vehicle parked in front of her home on Broadway and also damaged two other parked vehicles.
“A drunken driver hit our vehicles and left the scene,” Walker said.
Walker said two police officers located the vehicle that was in the accident, the man suspected of driving the vehicle and a man believed to have been a passenger.
She said a supervisor with the department then told the officers not to arrest the suspect.
“He was derelict in his duties,” Walker said. “He was just trifling and sorry. The officers located the man and brought him back to the scene. The young man stenched of beer. The vehicle had beer in the cab, cans in the bed and beer in a cooler. He admitted to drinking in front of city and county officers.”
Walker said the suspect admitted to drinking and driving, damaging the cars and could not produce proof of insurance. She said the suspect also had a prior DUI conviction.
“There was no citation issued, and there was no arrest,” Walker said. “I couldn’t get them to do a field test or breathalyze him.”
Walker later said that she believes the incident may have been ignored because the vehicle belonged to someone employed by the Yazoo City Fire Department.
Walker said she is particularly sensitive about drinking and driving because her six-year-old nephew was killed by someone driving under the influence of alcohol.
“This could cost someone their life,” Walker said. “It’s outrageous.”
The Herald was unable to reach Police Chief Jeff Curtis for comment by press time.