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Dr. Patton arrested for DUI

Dr. Michael F. Patton was arrested by the Montevallo Police for driving his golf cart under the influence of alcohol, at the corner of Oak Street and North Boundary Street on the night of April 11. Patton was taken to the Shelby County Sheriff’s office where he was processed and released that same night.

Patton, 56, is a professor of philosophy in the University of Montevallo’s English and Foreign Language Department, and is the program coordinator for the Philosophy and Religion Minor at UM.

Patton is well known around campus for hosting the Life Raft Debate, as well as having been the co-owner of popular coffee and used book store Eclipse with his wife Cheryl.

This is Patton’s first arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, and the second instance of a UM staff member being arrested for a DUI in the last six months. Earlier this year former University of Montevallo police chief, Chad Adams, resigned after being asked for comment regarding the charge by Shelby County Reporter.

The Alabamian staff reached out to Patton for comment, but he has yet to respond.

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Waid Jones was the editor-in-chief of The Alabamian during the 2019–2020 academic year. In 2018, while managing editor of The Alabamian, he received the Veterans of Influence Rising Star Award from the Birmingham Business Journal. Prior to coming to UM he was in the U.S. Marine Corps for two and a half years. Jones graduated with a degree in political science from UM in 2020. He is currently the news editor for the Jackson County Sentinel in Scottsboro, Alabama.