Investigators in Union
Springs tell WSFA 12 News it happened on Morningview Court off Highway 223
near downtown. Sgt. Nathan Williams pulled over a Hispanic driver Williams
suspected was drunk. During the course of the traffic stop, Sgt. Williams
allegedly took the man's billfold and stole hundreds of dollars.
The allegations shocked
Ronnie Dees because he says he knows of Williams.
"From what I know
of him he's a nice guy and never gave me any problems and I didn't give him any
problems," said Dees.
Court records show
Nathan Williams faces two charges; third degree theft and an ethics violation,
a misdemeanor and a felony.
We're told Williams
turned himself in Wednesday to the Bullock County Sheriff's Department and
posted his $6,000 bond. Williams submitted his resignation to the city earlier
The case is being
handled by the Bullock County District Attorney's office. Williams, meantime,
was a 7-year veteran, a clean record, according to the police chief.
He was a good officer and did his job," said chief Clarence Wheeler.
The chief says he is
modifying the police department's training. He is forcing his officers to take
a refresher course in ethics.
"We want them to
understand the liabilities and everything," said Wheeler.
Chief Wheeler says the
actual stop of the driver was a legitimate stop and the driver faces a DUI
Through chief Wheeler WSFA 12 News invited Williams to tell his side of the story but we never heard from him. Court records show he does not have an attorney.
For now Ronnie Dees
wonders what went wrong with his friend who took the oath to serve and protect.
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