The Marshall County Sheriff's Office confirmed the arrest of John Cooper, the director of the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).

Chief Deputy Willie Orr told 1819 News the agency received a warrant for Cooper and that Cooper turned himself in.

Cooper, 75, of Langston, was booked into jail at 11:53 a.m. on Monday. He posted a $500 bond for the misdemeanor charge of harassment/intimidation and was released at 12:35 p.m.

ALDOT spokesman Tony Harris was unaware of the arrest when 1819 News reached out for a comment.

Attorney George Barnett, Cooper's personal attorney sent the following statement:

"My office represents Mr. John R. Cooper in his personal capacity. This morning, Mr. Cooper directed me to file a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment cause of action in Marshall County Circuit Court regarding a land dispute with a neighbor who is falsely claiming an easement on Mr. Cooper's property. The clearest legal path to resolving this matter is to have the Court determine whether an easement exists, and we look forward to resolving this matter."

1819 News has also contacted Gov. Kay Ivey's office for reaction.

Cooper has been involved in a high-profile legal battle over the decision for ALDOT to build a bridge in Baldwin County.

Cooper has been the director of ALDOT since January 2011.

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