WLOX-TV image. See video & interview with chief below.
On Sunday Poplarville, Mississippi Chief Mike White was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at the scene of a car crash . The chief’s arrest was caught on video.
Chief White says the incident occurred because of a dispute with Pearl River County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Garcia over a safety issue and who was in charge of the incident scene. The accident involved a vehicle that had flipped over on Old Wiggins Highway just outside the city limits of Poplarville.
The chief told Al Showers of WLOX-TV that the vehicle was on its roof, with fluids on the ground and the smell of gasoline. The deputy was going to allow someone to use a privately owned vehicle and a winch to upright the car. But Chief White thought that would be dangerous, particularly with about 10 to 15 people standing near the car.
Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison said Garcia told him, Chief White stood between the overturned car and the winch and refused to let the car be up-righted. The Chief said a qualified tow truck driver should be called to do the job.
“There were still hazards on the ground that the car hadn’t been flipped up or moved out of the roadway. I had still deemed it a safety hazard and a fire hazard so at that point, yes I would have considered that accident my scene,” said Chief White.
Sheriff Allison said his deputy didn’t feel there were any public safety concerns and that his deputy was in-charge of the accident scene and not the fire chief.
“We wouldn’t report to a fire scene and tell them how to put out a fire,” said Allison.
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