Ex-Columbia police chief pleads to lesser charge in DWI case

8 months 5 days 7 hours ago Friday, December 06 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Friday, December 06, 2019 2:45:00 PM CST December 06, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA - Former Columbia police chief Ken Burton has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after originally being charged with driving while intoxicated.  

Burton's attorney on Friday entered a guilty plea for Burton to driving with excessive blood-alcohol content, a misdemeanor. A failure to yield charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Burton was ordered to pay a $500 fine. He was charged after being stopped near his home in May.

He resigned in December 2018 after being placed on leave during a dispute over proposed changes at the police department.

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