• Marion County sheriff major accused of helping friend avoid DUI charge


    MARION COUNTY, Fla. - A major with the Marion County Sheriff's Office will be punished for trying to help a friend avoid a DUI charge.

    An internal affairs investigation focused on a traffic stop that was caught on a dashboard camera in January.

    Investigators said a deputy stopped Mathew Tillander on County Road 326 for speeding and suspicion of DUI.

    The deputy said he released the driver after getting a call from Maj. Tommy Bibb to hold off until he could talk to the sheriff.

    The investigation resulted in a two-day suspension without pay for Bibb.

    Bibb must also receive more training.

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