published Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Photo: Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd speaks about officer put on administrative leave

Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd speaks today at a news conference about the situation Saturday night at Riverbend that resulted in Officer Steve Jones being placed on administrative leave.
Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd speaks today at a news conference about the situation Saturday night at Riverbend that resulted in Officer Steve Jones being placed on administrative leave.
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A veteran Chattanooga police officer has been pulled off the job, accused of being under the influence of alcohol while riding a department motorcycle at Riverbend.

Officer Steve Jones, a 25-year veteran of the force, was on duty at Riverbend on Saturday when he was reported to be under the influence, said police spokesman Officer Nathan Hartwig. His blood was drawn and sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Hartwig said.

Police Chief Bobby Dodd has called a news conference today at 9:45 a.m. to address the incident.

Police internal affairs officers are investigating and Jones, who is on paid administrative leave, may face policy violations as well as criminal charges, Hartwig said.

Internal affairs is looking into "further concerns of how the preliminary investigation was handled," Hartwig said.

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