Conyers cop arrested on DUI in Newton County

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- A Conyers police officer was arrested over the weekend and charged with drunk driving.

A trooper with the Georgia State Patrol arrested Justin Shane Lykins, 35, of Conyers at the intersection of Ga. Highway 81 and Palmetto Street in Porterdale Saturday. Lykins is an officer in the Uniform Patrol Division of the Conyers Police Department.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. after a Porterdale police officer made a traffic stop on Lykins' 1996 Ford Thunderbird, according to GSP spokesperson Gordy Wright.

Wright said the police officer asked for GSP's assistance on the traffic stop after detecting an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Lykins. A GSP trooper responded and arrested Lykins.

"Based on observations, the trooper placed the driver under arrest for driving under the influence," Wright said.

Lykins was booked into the Newton County Detention Center. A breath test showed Lykins had a blood alcohol content level of 0.105. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.

Lykins was released from jail the same day of the arrest.

Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson could not be reached for comment. Conyers spokesperson Jennifer Edwards said the incident is under internal review and provided this excerpt from the city's drug and alcohol policy:

"Any employee/volunteer whose duties may include the operation of City vehicles or the operation of a vehicle on City business and who is cited for D.U.I or D.W.I., even in a personal vehicle on his own time, may be suspended. Upon conviction, or a plea of guilty or a plea of no contest, the driver will be subject to discipline up to and including termination."