DeKalb building inspector fired after drug arrest in city truck

A building inspector for Dunwoody and Doraville cities was fired after he was charged with possession of drugs in a city-owned truck, police said. 

Scott Sprague, 53, of Snellville, was stopped by Doraville Officer Morgan after he allegedly made a U-turn at a red light on June 15, according to a Doraville police report.

Morgan wrote in the report that he watched Sprague put on his seatbelt as he passed the officer, so he made a traffic stop.

When Morgan approached the truck, he smelled marijuana and asked for consent to search the vehicle, according to the report. He said he found two burnt marijuana cigarettes, commonly referred to as roaches, and a bag with “white residue” and cut straws.

Sprague told Morgan he’d forgotten about the “roach” in his cigarette pack, the report stated.

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“When asked, Sprague stated that the residue substance inside the straws was probably methamphetamine and it belongs to his girlfriend,” Morgan wrote in the report. 

Sprague was cited for a seat belt violation and the suspected drug-related objects were taken as evidence. 

After a test of the suspected marijuana turned up positive at the police station, warrants were issued for Sprague and he was booked into DeKalb’s jail July 8 on charges of possession and use of drug-related objects. He was released on bond the same day.

The company that contracted with Sprague sent a statement to Channel 2 Action News that said Sprague was fired June 16. 

"After learning that Mr. Sprague was in possession of illegal substances, and after a conversation with him and the Doraville Police Department about the incident, we terminated his employment, the Vice President of Clark Patterson Lee said. 

The company said Sprague had been hired Nov. 23, 2015. 

Dunwoody officials told Channel 2 there are no concerns about the city buildings Sprague had inspected and Doraville officials gave no comment. 

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