Spencer Collier, the states former top cop, was arrested in south Alabama amid accusations he filed a false report.
Collier was booked and quickly released from Daphne City Jail, according to local law enforcement. A spokesperson from the Daphne Police Department said Colliers charge related to a report he made regarding fraudulent credit card use while he was staying in a local hotel Thursday evening.
He turned himself in to the Daphne City Jail at around 1:30 p.m., according to Daphne PD Sgt. Jason Vannoy, who characterized the incident as domestic.
The 46-year-old Collier served three years as Alabamas first secretary of law enforcement and two years as Alabamas third director of homeland security. He resigned earlier this week as the Selma police chief, citing medical reasons. Collier also served as a state representative.
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Collier is retiring after more than two years at the helm of the Selma Police Department.
Collier currently lives in Fairhope, according to public records. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Colliers wife, Melissa, on Thursday requested a petition from abuse against her husband in Baldwin Countys Circuit Court. The couple has been married since 1991.
According to filing, Melissa Collier is accusing her husband of threatening her with physical abuse on June 12. She said he is having problems with depression and anxiety and is under extreme pressure.
Her husband, she said, is in an unstable state of mind.
In the request, Melissa Collier asked a judge to allow two of their children ages 17 and 12 to remain in her custody while her husband seeks treatment for depression and anxiety and is deemed not to be a risk to self or others. She also asked that he be restrained from harassing, stalking, threatening and engaging in conduct that would put her and the children in reasonable fear of bodily injury.
She also asked that he be ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. A judge issued the temporary restraining order, which is set to expire in October.
Collier addressed the arrest and his family situation in a statement.
My adult son, who is a recovering addict and multiple felon, used my bank card without my permission, said Collier in a message to AL.com. I filed a police report, being this is the second time in a year that he has done this. I was unaware that my wife (we are currently estranged) gave him permission. He pressed charges because I listed him as the suspect.
He added: I have no doubt that I will be exonerated - but the entire episode is embarrassing. I am so sorry for any embarrassment that this has caused the City of Selma. I wish to apologize to the Daphne Police Department and also express my gratitude for their professionalism throughout the entire incident.
Having been told about Colliers defense of what happened, Sgt Vannoy of the Daphne PD said that fundamental information given by Collier to an investigating officer was deemed to be false.
In April 2013, ex-Gov. Robert Bentley named Collier as secretary of law enforcement, a cabinet position.
In February 2016, Bentley announced he was putting Collier on a three-month medical leave after Colliers decision to defy a direct order during a public corruption investigation against Mike Hubbard, the former Alabama House Speaker who has since been sentenced to a total of four years in prison, eight years on probation and ordered to pay a $210,000 fine on 12 felony ethics violations. (Hubbard has not been to prison, pending appeal.)
Collier was fired March 22, 2016 effective immediately. The governor said he fired Collier over possible misuse of funds, but Collier was later cleared of any wrongdoing. A day after his firing, Collier accused Bentley of having an affair with a staffer. [The Robert Bentley Scandal]
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.