Ex-Alabama cop who tried to get out of speeding ticket by flashing badge gets $25 fine, can never be cop in state again

Published 8:57 am Thursday, May 23, 2024

A former Alabama police chief pleaded guilty last week to impersonating a public servant during a 2022 traffic stop in Covington County and was ordered to forfeit his police certification, thus barring him from ever working as a law officer in the state again.

Michael Ryan Jones Michael Ryan Jones had served as the police chief in Brookside, Alabama, until he resigned in January 2021 following reports of the small town’s aggressive policing drew the attention of local and state lawmakers.

A few months later, in April 2022, Ryan was stopped for speeding by a Covington County Sheriff’s Department deputy.

Although no longer an officer with the Brookside Police Department at that point, local officials said Jones used his police badge in identifying himself as Brookside’s police chief in an attempt to avoid a traffic ticket.

A few days later Jones turned himself in to the Covington County Jail on the charges of impersonating a peace officer.

Jones appeared in Covington County Circuit Court last week and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of impersonating a public servant.

He is ordered to pay $25, a $250 bail bond fee, plus attorney fees and costs. He was sentenced to three months, which was suspended due to a separate probation order and received credit for any time served.

This article was originally published in The Andalusia Star News. It is republished here with permission.