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