PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah Fire & Emergency Services (SFES) Public Information Officer Mark Keller has been arrested for public indecency.
News 3 was the first to obtain a Port Wentworth Police report stating that witnesses saw him “naked and masturbating” at the Georgia Welcome Center on Interstate-95 early Friday morning.
Dash camera video shows a Port Wentworth Police officer driving up to I-95 near the Georgia Welcome Center.
There Keller was in his car, claiming he stopped to look for things ‘rolling around’ inside the trunk.
However, a witness who called 911 said moments before Keller was outside the vehicle, naked and masturbating.
“Officer I was shocked,” said the witness. “I was like, ‘I know I am not seeing this.'”
The officer then confronted Keller about the witness’ account.
“I wasn’t naked and masturbating,” said an anxious Keller.
According to the report, Keller was in possession of a gun which he admitted to police, as well as a bottle of his own urine.
Police administered a field sobriety test on Keller followed by a breathalyzer, which showed he was under the legal limit for alcohol at 0.015.
The report also stated Keller was not wearing any underwear beneath his shorts. Keller’s explanation was that he, “only wore underwear while at work.”
Savannah Fire PIO arrested for public indecency
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Given an official statement from the witness, Port Wentworth Police decided to make an arrest on one count of public indecency, which is a misdemeanor.
A judge set bond at $760 and Keller was out of jail by 9:30 a.m.
When asked for a comment, City Web and New Media Administrator Saja Aures told News 3 that a statement or interview would not be given on personnel matters.
She could confirm that “Mr. Keller has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.”
News 3 has determined that leave is with pay.
We also reached out to the SFES Chief who was unavailable for comment.