Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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Clayton News Daily
FOREST PARK — Ward 2 candidate Dabouze Antoinem, in Forest Park, served 15 days in jail for a DUI conviction a month before he qualified to run for office.
According to jail records, the June 17, 2012, DUI arrest was Antoine’s second in less than three years. He was arrested in Douglas County for DUI, failure to maintain a lane and failure to obey a traffic signal.
Antoine pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 days in Douglas County Jail. According to jail records, he was locked up from June 18 to July 3. He qualified to run in Ward 2 in August and earlier qualified to run for Forest Park mayor in a March special election.
Forest Park Elections Superintendent Charity Woods said Antoine, like the other candidates, passed a background check.
“He had a background check run and was cleared,” Woods said. “We didn’t get anything back saying he’s ineligible to run.”
Under Georgia elections laws, a candidate is ineligible to run for office if he is a convicted felon whose rights were not restored. Antoine was convicted of a misdemeanor.
According to Clayton County State Court records, Antoine was convicted in 2010 of a DUI arrest the year before. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and violated that probation once before finishing the term.
Antoine didn’t respond to a request for a comment.