Former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier has pleaded guilty to filing a false police report in Daphne connected to a string of domestic incidents he was involved in this June.
Officers from the Daphne Police Department arrested Collier June 13 on charges of filing a false report. Police said the incident stemmed from a complaint Collier made about the fraudulent use of a credit card at an Eastern Shore hotel the night before.
After being contacted by phone, Collier turned himself in to authorities the following day.
At the time, Collier released a statement to several local media outlets blaming the incident on his son, who he called “a recovering addict and multiple felon,” accusing him of using a credit card without his permission. He told reports he expected to be “exonerated” and called the entire incident “embarrassing.”
It appears that’s not how things ultimately worked out for Collier, though. Records indicate Collier pleaded guilty to a single charge of filing a false report in Daphne Municipal Court on Sept. 24.
After accepting the plea, Judge Michael J. Hoyt agreed to suspend the adjudication of the case for 12 months while Collier serves a “probation period,” according to a representative of Daphne Municipal Court. Collier was ordered to pay $324 in court costs and $133 in restitution to police. If he completes the 12-month probation period without any other incidents, his case will be dismissed.
Lagniappe reached out to Collier’s attorney, Lee Hale Jr., who said he was unable to comment on the case. Calls seeking input from Daphne prosecutor James Scroggins went unreturned.
It’s still unclear what exactly led to the false report Collier filed, but the incident in Daphne occurred during a tumultuous period for the former state representative, cabinet member and, most recently, retired police chief for the city of Selma.
Three days before Collier’s arrest, police in Fairhope were called to the home he shares with his wife, Melissa, over a “child custody issue.” A few days later, police in Mobile County confirmed Collier had also been involved in a domestic disturbance at his father-in-law’s home in Irvington.
It does not appear that any charges against Collier ever resulted from those separate incidents in Fairhope and Irvington. However, Melissa Collier did file a protection from abuse petition against Collier on June 13 claiming he’d “threatened physical violence” and was “in an unstable state of mind.”
Less than a week later, though, she asked the court to withdraw that petition, writing that “circumstances have changed, and I no longer am in fear of harm to me or my children and my husband is not a risk to himself.”
Baldwin County District Judge Michelle Thomason dismissed the case June 26.
Gabriel Tynes contributed to this report.
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