Embattled Morrow Police Chief Jeff Baker has pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges.
Baker was arrested in November when one of his own officers found him asleep at the wheel at the intersection of Highway 54 and Southlake Parkway. The police report said the officer found several empty beer cans in the patrol car.
Baker pleaded guilty to DUI and violating a traffic control device in Clayton County State Court on Wednesday morning. A judge sentenced him to one year probation, 150 hours of community service and a $600 fine. Prosecutors said they agreed to drop five other charges as part of the plea agreement.
Baker was allowed to resign from his post as police officer after the arrest. He also lost his certification with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. POST had already voted to revoke Baker’s certification in 2008 when a Channel 2 Action News investigation uncovered he had faked firearms training records. His chance to appeal that decision ran out in January.
A POST official told Channel 2’s Jodie Fleischer it would be unlikely that Baker ever works in Georgia as a police officer again.