Lipscomb, Ala., Mayor Simon Speights Sr. was found driving a stolen vehicle last Friday Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Sgt. Randy Christian told FOXNews.com.
When confronted, Speights reportedly told investigators he had indeed driven the vehicle. The car was originally from Virginia and had been reported stolen in Walker County, Ala., in September 2005.
Christian said the vehicle ended up in Brighton, Ala., where the town mayor there said it had been impounded. While in Brighton, the Virginia license plates on it were switched to municipal ones.
Christian said investigators have contacted the area of Virginia where the vehicle was stolen, but have not made contact with family who owned it.
The stolen vehicle case is just one of the reasons why Christian said an ongoing investigation has been underway in Lipscomb. It reportedly began about a month ago, and the police commissioner in the town was charged with four felonies in early June.
“We’ve had several complaints with residents alleging corruption,” he told FOXNews.com.
Speights could face a felony charge of receiving stolen property, but Christian said this is only the beginning of the investigation.
“We expect that it will go much deeper,” he said.
No one was available for comment at Lipscomb City Hall when calls were made by FOXNews.com.