Police chief cited for drunken driving

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Shawnee Hills Police Chief Russell Baron was cited Tuesday night for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, but his attorney says that his off-duty client only had one beer and should not have been arrested.

A Delaware County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Baron, 34, of Delaware, at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near the Dublin and Home roads intersections in Concord Township, said Tracy Whited, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. Whited said the report from the incident was not available yet.

Attorney Will Nesbitt, who is representing Baron, said the off-duty chief was stopped because part of his license plate was obstructed. Nesbitt said that Baron admitted that he had consumed one beer and he submitted to a breath test. Baron recorded a blood-alcohol level of .04 percent, which is below the .08 percent blood-alcohol level specified by the law.

Nesbitt said he doesn’t know why Baron was cited and that his client will plead not guilty for his court appearance next Monday in Delaware Municipal Court.

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