SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia State Patrol corporal has turned in his badge after a DUI arrest and a bizarre series of events that included getting his car stuck on railroad tracks.
Channel 2's Christian Jennings was in Griffin where police said Cpl. Christopher McEntyre abandoned his car on the tracks, stumbled into a family's yard and tried to get into their car.
Officials told Jennings that McEntyre was off-duty and driving a personal truck when he got stuck on the train tracks near Searcy Avenue a few weeks ago and abandoned the vehicle.
Police say that McEntyre stumbled onto a nearby property owned by Don Reeves and his wife Beth around 2 a.m. The Reeves say they were both inside asleep when they heard something on the porch. Beth Reeves went outside to check it out and says she found McEntyre trying to get into her car.
Don Reeves said he pretended an ashtray on the porch was a gun and forced McEntyre to get on the ground face down.
"I walked outside and there was an ashtray on the porch and I pointed it at him I said get on the ground or I will shoot you, stop moving," Don Reeves told Jennings. "He thought I was some other guy. He thought he knew me well and I had never met the guy. He kept saying he was sorry."
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According to the arrest report, deputies spotted McEntyre's truck a few yards away, stuck on the railroad tracks. Officials said McEntyre only had on one shoe and the other one was in the truck. They arrested him on DUI charges.
"The integrity of the badge we carry, and the public we represent expects a higher standard for us," said Captain Dwayne Jones with the Spalding County Sheriff's Office.
The Reeves have since moved to North Carolina and had no idea the man who they encountered that morning was a trooper.
"I felt sorry for him," Don Reeves said. "If he has a severe problem or something and he’s been on the force, I would hope they would try and get him a little help also."
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