A Chattanooga police officer was patrolling the streets in his cop car for two years without a driver's license. Now, we're learning new details that led to an internal investigation.
A Chattanooga cop on the other side of the law has some in the scenic city fuming. "I would be very offended that someone with an authority figure that has not abided by the law himself," says Pamela Boyland.
It all started a couple of years ago, when Officer Lee Mayweather fell behind on his child support payments. Officer Mayweather's license was suspended back in July of 2012, but not until two years later did Chattanooga police realize what happened.
Mayweather told police he didn't know it had been suspended. But, a Department of Human Services spokesperson tells us in most cases an individual would be notified several times that their license is in jeopardy.
"You know the law says that if you don't pay your child support, your license will be the first thing to go," says Boyland.
Barry Kay is a professional driver who believes that an officer's personal time is his own business. "What he does on his personal time is his personal business. It does not affect what he does on the job. He gets to drive the vehicle as part of his job. He has to drive the vehicle as part of his job. Let him drive the vehicle. Let him do his job," says Kay.
But, people like Pamela Boyland argue citations written during those two years should be thrown out. "You gotta do right in order to tell me what's right and wrong."
An attorney with the McMahan law firm says it's not that simple. Attorney Jay Kennamer tells us "the fact that his own license had been suspended should not have any affect on the tickets. Where it would come into play is if he was a danger to the public. But back child support is not a reason to cause some concern."
by Mikaya Thurmond