Mason Mayor Emmit “Dwayne” Gooden was arrested early Monday morning and charged with driving on a revoked license.

While traveling southbound on Hwy. 51 at 2 a.m., a Munford police officer pulled him over because his driver side brake light was out.

He was notified Gooden had two license revocations.


Gooden was arrested and charged with a DUI in Shelby County in March 2021.

According to the affidavit, while searching the vehicle Munford police found an unlabeled pill bottle containing a white powder substance. It was submitted to the lab for testing and more charges may be following.

A St. Jude employee, Gooden has been Mason’s mayor since 2018 and served as an alderman for a term prior to that.

He is out of jail on a $1,000 bond and is due back in court on Aug. 2.

Editor’s note: In our print edition, Justin Hanson’s name was printed under Gooden’s mugshot. We apologize for and regret this error.

Echo Day
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