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Ward 2 candidate fined in 2012 for disorderly conduct

Dabouze 
Antoine

Dabouze Antoine

FOREST PARK — Ward 2 candidate Dabouze Antoine was arrested last year for bursting into a sleeping woman’s room at In Town Suites, two months after his release from jail for DUI.

Antoine did not return messages left by Clayton News Daily.

Police reports indicate Antoine, 34, was working as a security officer at In Town Suites on Forest Parkway Sept. 2, 2012, when he used his pass key to open the door to room 112 at 3:56 a.m.

The occupant of the room, Valerie Hixson, called 911 to report the break-in. Clayton News Daily got a copy of the call through an open records request filed with Forest Park Police Department.

Hixson, 51, can be heard telling the dispatcher, “He does this every day. He’s got me and my child upset.”

Hixson said Antoine knew she was living in that room.

“It’s just got me upset,” she told the dispatcher.

Police talked to Antoine inside his room to get his version of events. The officer reported that Antoine appeared to be intoxicated, his speech was slurred and his eyes were red and glassy. He told the officer he went to the room by mistake.

“He was supposed to check if anyone was in room 114,” according to the report. The officer said he told Antoine that all the rooms are clearly marked with numbers so that account didn’t make sense.

When the officer asked for his license, Antoine “fumbled around for a minute in his wallet” before producing a Forest Park Recreation Center pass.

Asked again for his license, Antoine told the officer that his master’s degree was on the wall, stated the report.

The officer said he told Antoine he was not making sense and asked if he’d been drinking.

“He said he does not drink,” the officer reported. “He didn’t smell of alcohol. I asked him if he was taking any kind of drugs. He said he didn’t want to answer that question.”

The officer said Antoine refused to blow into a portable alcohol sensor.

“He said no, that he was reading his Bible when I arrived,” stated the officer. “I told him he was still not making any sense.”

Antoine was arrested for disorderly conduct for entering the room and scaring Hixson and the children.

The motel manager said Antoine no longer works there.

The case went to Forest Park Municipal Court on his 33rd birthday, Sept. 19, 2012. Antoine pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined $430, which he paid five days later, according to court records, also gotten through an open records request.

Antoine is no stranger to the courtroom. He was arrested June 17, 2012, for his second DUI in less than three years. He served 15 days in Douglas County Jail from June 18 to July 3.

According to Clayton County State Court records, Antoine was convicted in 2010 of a 2009 DUI arrest. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and violated once before finishing the term.

Forest Park Elections Superintendent Charity Woods said last month that Antoine passed a background check required of all candidates.

Under Georgia elections laws, a candidate is ineligible to run for office if he is a convicted felon whose rights were not restored. Antoine apparently has only misdemeanor convictions, according to local court records.

Antoine ended his stay in the Douglas County jail just weeks before he qualified to run for Forest Park mayor in a March special election. He came in fourth in the four-candidate race with 85 votes.

Antoine ran again in November, this time for Ward 2, and came out on top in the four-man race with 133 votes. It wasn’t enough to capture the seat outright and he will face second-place winner Luke Gawel in a Dec. 3 runoff.

The bulk of Antoine’s votes came from 73 absentee ballots, the most of any candidate in that race.