- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHELSEA, Okla. (AP) - Leaders of a northeast Oklahoma town have voted to retain a rookie police officer following his refusal to release an area businessman during a traffic stop.

Officer Nicholas Pappe pulled over businessman Brian Haggard earlier this month for suspected drunken driving, KOTV-TV (https://bit.ly/1J5cEVn ) reported.

Police say Haggard called town administrator Kenny Weast, who tried to take Haggard home, but Pappe refused and arrested Haggard.

Town leaders on Tuesday night voted 3-1 to keep Pappe in his position, and Police Chief Chris Bohl said he was pleased with their decision.

Bohl said that Pappe was serving a mandatory six-month probation that every new officer is placed under, but since the traffic stop caused divisions in the town, police weren’t sure what it meant for Pappe’s future with the department.

“I think he is a very good officer,” Bohl said. “We record all of his traffic stops and he is very professional.”

Town leaders also voted earlier this month to keep Weast in his position.

The Rogers County court clerk’s office says drunken driving charges have been filed against Haggard, who’s scheduled to appear in court next month. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney Wednesday morning.

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Information from: KOTV-TV, https://www.newson6.com


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