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Former Brookside Chief of Police arrested for Impersonating a Peace Officer

Michael Ryan Jones
Michael Ryan Jones(Covington County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 2, 2022 at 1:58 PM CDT|Updated: May. 2, 2022 at 5:11 PM CDT
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COVINGTON Co. Ala. (WBRC) - Former Brookside Chief of Police, Michael Ryan Jones, was arrested on May 2, 2022, for Impersonating a Peace Officer, according to Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman.

Turman said Jones turned himself into the Covington County Jail.

Jones’ arrest follows a traffic stop in Covington County on April 12, 2022, where investigators said Jones used his police badge in identifying himself as Brookside’s Chief in an attempt to avoid traffic tickets.

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Jones resigned from Brookside PD in January 2022.

Sheriff Turman said, “It’s more important now than ever before that law enforcement maintain high levels of professionalism and integrity. In this case, we had a young deputy that was trying to be respectful to a supposed veteran officer and gave him a break. But Jones was not the Chief at Brookside when he held himself out to be, using deception to disrespect that young deputy. The deputy has since also issued a speeding ticket to go along with the Impersonation charge. This remains an active investigation and no further comments will be made at this time.”

The Town of Brookside released this statement:

Former police chief Michael Jones has not been employed by the town of Brookside since his resignation January 25. All questions regarding his arrest should go to the Covington County Sheriff’s Office.

The Chevy Tahoe vehicle is registered in Michael Jones’ name and is not the property of the town of Brookside.

“We had no knowledge of Mike Jones’ whereabouts after his resignation January 25,” said Mayor Mike Bryan. “I, and the town council, have been focused on restoring relationships with the community.”

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