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Southaven courts dismiss dozens of tickets written by uncertified officer

Officer Dwight Brittain (Source: Southaven Police Department) Officer Dwight Brittain (Source: Southaven Police Department)
SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) - More than a 100 drunk drivers and speeding violators are off the hook after City of Southaven had to dismiss tickets because the officer who wrote them was not certified at the time.

The Southaven court system is now trying to recover from having officer Dwight Brittain on the police force when he was not certified.

"Well, he's not qualified. He's just obviously not qualified. So, I thought all of them should be qualified to issue tickets and stuff," said Earnest Hibbler, who was at municipal court with his daughter.

According to the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, Brittain worked for the department since October of 2012. During that time, he was supposed to work on getting re-certified but he didn't do it for more than two years.

After that point, his prior certification lapsed.

According to the information provided to WMC Action News 5 from a Freedom Of Information Act request, 700 tickets written by Officer Dwight Brittain in his entire career with the department have been dismissed.

Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite says of those, 235 were dismissed since the officer's certification lapsed. Brittain's certification lapsed on October 1, 2014 according to the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy. The mayor says 70 were for DUIs and 49 were for speeding.

Lauren Mount, who received a speeding ticket, said, "They dismissed DUI's ... and I got a ticket for going 48 in a 30."

Mount came to pay her pricey $239 speeding ticket. She says the city lost out on major bucks by having to let violators off the hook.

"They lost out on a lot of money," she said.

Brittain is also under investigation for an ATV crash that claimed the life of 21-year-old Taylor Hopper.

The city officials say because there is an ongoing investigation into that crash, they cannot comment.

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