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Gwinnett County police officer charged with DUI resigns

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett police officer resigned Wednesday following accusations he caused a drunken accident after leaving a Duluth nightclub Saturday.

Already placed on routine leave, James Stoudenmire, 27, quit to avoid termination, police officials said Wednesday.

Stoudenmire, a four-year Gwinnett County Police Department veteran, was driving a 2006 Ford Mustang about 1 a.m. Saturday when the vehicle struck a 1999 Mazda 626 stopped at a traffic light on Pleasant Hill Road near Interstate 85, police said.

Responding Gwinnett police smelled alcohol on their colleague's breath and charged him with DUI after he failed field sobriety tests, authorities said. Stoudenmire, who was off duty, told police he was coming from Wild Bill's.

A passenger in the Mazda was treated at the scene but was not seriously hurt, authorities said.

Stoudenmire posted $1,557 bail and was released from jail later Saturday morning.

Gwinnett police Chief Charles Walters scorned the officer's alleged actions in a statement Wednesday.

"Members of this police department who are involved in incidents which reflect poorly on the department will not be tolerated," Walters said.