POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 4:37pm
SPRINGFIELD, LA (NBC33) — The mayor and police chief of Springfield have been arrested and accused of using their positions of power for personal gain.
The Inspector General's Office confirmed that Mayor Charles Martin and Police Chief Jimmy Jones turned themselves in Tuesday. They were booked, then released.
Inspector General Stephen Street says his office did the investigation. He confirms the two are charged with Malfeasance in Office, Obstruction of Justice, and Injury to Public Records.
Street said the pair allegedly conspired to get a woman out of a DWI arrest back in April.
"They kept it from going to the D.A. who had jurisdiction over it. They substituted a mayor's court ticket for reckless operation and allowed that lady to come in and plead to that, essentially because the lady was a friend of a friend of the mayor," said Street.
Street says the case will now be handed over to District Attorney Scott Perilloux for prosecution.