Former Galax officer pleads guilty to DUI

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Earl Johnson left the police department a week after a traffic stop by one of his fellow officers.

Former Galax police officer Earl Johnson, 51, who worked at the department for 25 years, pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence.
He was fined $250 and his license is suspended for 12 months. He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended.
Johnson was arrested in February by Officer Terry Woods of the Galax Police Department, who originally stopped the vehicle Johnson was operating for reckless driving on East Grayson Street.
He was charged for DUI and refusal of a blood or breath test.
Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said Johnson was not on duty and was not operating a city-owned vehicle at the time of his arrest.
Johnson was placed on administrative leave after being charged.
Clark said Johnson retired from the department the week following the charge.