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Council member arrested for allegedly threatening police

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

LUMPKIN, GA (WTVM) - A city council member in Lumpkin, Georgia is under fire after he was accused of threatening police.

Council member, Rick Eighmey, says the allegations are not true - but the Lumpkin police chief  says his officers are telling the truth.

It was an afternoon ride home that council member Eighmey, will never forget. Stains from the gas that leaked out of his bike are still on the road.

"A young man stands up and throws something at my motorcycle. I can't see what it is. I duck, like an idiot. I locked up the breaks and drop the bike," Eighmey said.

Moments later, a dispute between the council-member and Lumpkin Police launched.

Eighmey was then approached by a deputy and taken into custody. According to police reports, Eighmey resisted the arrest and made public threats.

"We get to arguing face-to-face and at that point she decided to put her hand on my arms and tell me to 'Come on Rick. Let's go', and I said you better get your hands off me," Eighmey said.

Lumpkin Police Chief Ron Jackson tells us that Eighmey was taken to the Stewart County Sheriff's Office, but a warrant for his arrest was rejected by a magistrate judge.

"Twenty-four years in law enforcement - this is the first time I've ever seen a magistrate refuse to give a sworn certified police officer's warrant," Chief Jackson said.

After a hearing the next morning, a judge declared that there was not enough evidence to issue a warrant for Eighmey's arrest.

Both Chief Jackson and Councilman Eighmey tell us that words were exchanged between the two men - they want to see justice done.

"I'm hoping for the truth to come out. Look, it got personal. It should not have gotten personal, but we have an officer that lied under oath. We have a chief of police that has made some outrageous allegations," Eighmey said.

"I just hate that it happen to the city of Lumpkin. We were trying to build and go far. We don't want anything hanging over our heads," Jackson said.

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