Georgia State police chief nabbed for DUI

Joseph Spillane

Georgia State police chief nabbed for DUI

Georgia State Police Chief Joseph Spillane was cited on June 19 in Fayetteville for DUI and other charges.

Spillane, 53, of Atlanta, was charged with DUI less safe, failure to maintain lane and open container, according to Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said the charges resulted when Spillane was pulled over on a traffic stop for failure to maintain lane near Ga. Highway 85 and Price Road on the city’s south side.

A video released by the police department showed Spillane taking a field sobriety test and conversing with a woman in the vehicle, reported to be his wife.

“He’s going to put me in jail if I don’t take (the field sobriety test),” Spillane said, amid a conversation with the woman. “I’m fine. Please leave me alone.”

“You’re going to put me in jail, seriously?” Spillane asked an officer as he was being handcuffed at the completion of the sobriety test.

A request for a statement on the matter from Georgia State University was not received by press time.