Obstruction of justice charge dropped against Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons


Wednesday afternoon a charge against the Mayor of Mountain City was dropped.

Parsons was charged with obstruction of justice.
Mayor of Mountain City Kevin Parsons says he was pulled over on highway 67 in December for allegedly speeding.
The mayor says a deputy insisted he identify his brother-in-law, who was riding in the passenger seat of the car. Parsons said that same deputy pulled him over last May trying to find his relative.

My constitutional rights were being violated by him requiring me to give my passengers name, Parsons said.

Deputies arrested his brother-in-law that same night, on December 22nd. Parsons says his brother-in-law had a warrant for failing to appear in court for child support, but he did not know that at the time.
About two weeks after the arrest of his brother-in-law, Parsons was arrested on his way to a city council meeting on a charge related to a traffic stop in December.
A judge dropped the charge during a preliminary  hearing Wednesday afternoon and Parson says he’s looking forward to putting it all in the past.
Initially I was elated to know that I was found innocent by the courts, he said. I just really don’t understand why the Sheriff would allow this to happen but I hope we can move on now.

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