Authorized Statement from Chief Wilson

Montgomery Police Department
For Immediate Release
July 14, 2004

This press release is in reference to requests for information from the local media about an incident in which Chief John Wilson was stopped by law enforcement in Shorter, Alabama. Chief Wilson has authorized the following information to be released:

On Tuesday, July 13, 2004, Chief Wilson was invited to his private Attorney's residence for dinner. During dinner the chief advised that he did have a cocktail. However, Chief Wilson stated he did not consume enough alcohol to impair his ability to drive, nor did he consume enough to place him in violation of section 32-5A-191 of the Criminal Code of the State of Alabama, which pertains to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The chief further advises that he left his attorney's residence at about 10:00 p.m. enroute to his residence and when he entered interstate 85 North in Montgomery, Alabama, a vehicle was following him. This vehicle continued to follow him northbound on I-85 and the driver obviously called Shorter, Alabama Police Department and made untrue accusations about the manner in which he was driving.

This resulted in the traffic stop by the Shorter Police Department. Shorter, Alabama Police Chief was on the scene of the traffic stop and determined that there was no probable cause to conduct an investigation into the accusations that were made, therefore, no test of any kind was administered. The Shorter Police Chief then drove Police Chief John Wilson to his residence to eliminate any further accusations of wrongdoing and had the Chief's vehicle towed.

It has been determined that the person who made the call to Shorter Police Department, Mr. Rhett S. Hooper, is a former Montgomery Police Officer. Mr. Hooper was employed with the Montgomery Police Department from October 3, 1997 until June 6, 2001. He resigned pending investigation and has since been denied reemployment by Chief John Wilson.

Chief Wilson's denial was based on past work history problems, which included disciplinary actions for racial harassment and lack of respect for other members and employees of the Montgomery Police Department. Mr. Hooper also did not give proper notice of resignation. Chief Wilson stated that this is not the first time he has noticed Rhett S. Hooper following him and he does not have a complete understanding as to why Mr. Hooper has chosen to conduct surveillance of his activities.

Information from MPD Press Release