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Small Town Police Chief Cleared Of DUI

VANCEBURG, Ky. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a DUI charge against an eastern Kentucky police chief.
The case against Vanceburg Police Chief Joseph Billman was
dropped last week at the request of a special prosecutor.
Lewis District Judge Brian McCloud granted prosecutor Michael
Wilson's motion after he told the judge the case lacked merit and neither he nor the arresting officer wanted to prosecute it.
Wilson said he decided to request dismissal after reviewing results of blood and urine screening tests following Billman's March 16 arrest in Vanceburg.
A state trooper confronted Billman in a convenience store parking lot where the chief had stopped to buy milk.
In an interview after his arrest, Billman said he drank six beers, but had consumed them over six or seven hours and maintained he was not intoxicated.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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