KTUL reported that Chelsea police officer Nicholas Pappe followed through with the DUI arrest of local, influential businessman Brian Haggard, despite several phone calls urging him not to.
"If you would give me a free pass tonight, I would sure appreciate it," Haggard said to Officer Pappe.
Assistant Police Chief Travis Hogan describes that kind of response as expectable. But the situation became unusual when the city manager arrived at the scene, mid arrest. And it didn't end there.
"I was shocked when I received the phone call from the police commissioner. I thought he knew better than that. But for him to call me and ask me if I would allow him to leave his home to the traffic stop and pick the individual up and take him home in lieu of even a citation much less an arrest, I find that highly unethical," said Hogan.
The following two months have consisted of the involved officers receiving threats to their jobs and their lives. But some community members have made it a point to show their support.
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