A South Alabama police chief is facing charges after an incident early Friday morning.

According to reports, Mount Vernon Police Chief Duncan Herrington was arrested after officers responded to his home on First Avenue in Saraland at 4 a.m. Friday.

Fox 10 News reports investigators determined Herrington was the primary aggressor in a domestic incident between himself and a family member.

Herrington was charged with third-degree domestic violence — harassment, according to police. He was released from jail Saturday morning.

No other details were available, and charging documents are not yet available in the court system.

Herrington is married with three children. He was previously employed as a police officer for the City of Saraland and was awarded Officer of the Year in 2002. He also worked as a police officer at Spring Hill College.

The charge against Herrington is a misdemeanor, and he is considered innocent until proven guilty.

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