Bond revoked for former Sheffield officer arrested for DUI

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A former Sheffield police officer had his bond revoked by a judge on Wednesday.

Florence Police’s weekend arrest reports confirmed that former officer Max Dotson was arrested Sunday around 10:49 p.m. and charged with driving under the influence.

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Dotson was out on bond as he appeals a prior conviction for assault, menacing, and reckless endangerment at the time of the DUI arrest. Prosecutors say he violated the conditions of his bond by being arrested for another crime and having a firearm.

However, the judge said his bond could be ‘revisited.’

According to testimony in court today, Dotson had several alcoholic beverages in the car with him when he was pulled over, as well as a rifle in the back seat.

He was found guilty of assault, menacing, and reckless endangerment on July 21, 2023, by District Judge Carole C. Medley.

The charges Dotson faces are in connection to a December 23, 2022, off-duty incident in Florence, where court documents say Dotson and another man “fought” inside the Good Spirits store.

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Dotson was sentenced to two years in the Lauderdale County Detention Center and fined $4,000 for the assault and reckless endangerment charges. Additionally, he was sentenced to six months to run concurrent with the other sentences and fined 1,000 dollars on the menacing charges.

Dotson served in law enforcement for 17 years. He was also shot and critically injured in the line of duty by Brian Lansing Martin during a 2021 incident.

Chief Ricky Terry released a statement on July 24, 2023, saying that Dotson had been fired from the SPD.

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