Obstruction of justice charge dropped against Mountain City mayor

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An obstruction of justice charge against Mountain City mayor Kevin Parsons has been dismissed. 

Parsons was arrested following a traffic stop back on December 22, 2018. 

Sheriff Ed Tester reported in December that a deputy pulled Parsons over for speeding on Highway 67, and suspected the passenger in the vehicle was Parsons’ brother-in-law, Kevin Cornett, who had outstanding warrants for his arrest at the time.

When questioned by the deputy, Parsons initially refused to identify the passenger in his vehicle, telling the officer it was a friend, the sheriff said. According to the statement from Tester, the officer asked Parsons “one last time” about the passenger’s identity, to which he responded, “It’s my brother-in-law, yes.”

Cornett was taken into custody. Parsons was arrested days later while on his way to a city council meeting and charged with obstruction of justice.

In a statement to News Channel 11 on Wednesday, Parsons said, “We have the greatest judicial system in the world, and it does work. The court made the right decision. And now I along with my family are looking forward to getting this behind us. And as Mayor, I’m looking forward to promoting the town and the wonderful community we live in.”

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