A former detective with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Dustin Lee Bishop, was arrested and charged with Driving While Impaired after crashing his Toyota 4-Runner into two poles and a parked vehicle in downtown Sylva. Bishop resigned from the department following his arrest, and Sheriff Doug Farmer expressed disappointment in the former deputy’s actions, stating that law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard. Bishop was booked into the Jackson County Detention Center and later released. Robert Cox reported
In downtown Sylva, early Friday morning, a Jackson County deputy was involved in a crash after allegedly driving while impaired. The incident took place on West Main Street, in front of the Sleep USA store. Upon arrival at the scene, the Sylva Police Department discovered a Toyota 4-Runner that had collided with two poles and a parked vehicle along Main Street. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Dustin Lee Bishop, was promptly arrested and charged with Driving While Impaired. It is worth noting that Bishop was an off-duty detective from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Following his arrest, he made the decision to resign from his position within the department. Sheriff Doug Farmer expressed his disappointment in Bishop’s actions, emphasizing that such behavior is unacceptable, particularly among those in law enforcement who are held to a higher standard. Farmer made it clear that the law applies to everyone, including those who enforce it, and that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office does not consider itself above the law. Bishop was subsequently booked into the Jackson County Detention Center but was later released..