UPDATE: Amery police chief won't lose job over OWI arrest

UPDATED Thursday, February 27, 2014 --- 2:18 p.m.

AMERY, Wis. (AP) -- The police chief of the western Wisconsin city of Amery will keep his job following his drunken-driving arrest this month.

In a statement, the city says that after meeting with Chief Thomas Marson and his attorney, the city council decided to suspend Marson for two weeks without pay.

Marson was arrested at his home Feb. 16 after the car he was driving went into a ditch outside of Amery. The complaint says a preliminary breath test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent. Wisconsin's legal limit is 0.08 percent.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Marson's license was suspended for six months and he was ordered to pay a fee of about $740 after he pleaded guilty last week to operating a vehicle while intoxicated as a first offense.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, February 17, 2014 --- 3:30 p.m.

AMERY, Wis. (AP) -- The police chief of the western Wisconsin city of Amery has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports 55-year-old Thomas Marson allegedly had a blood-alcohol level at nearly twice the legal limit when he was arrested early Sunday.

The Polk County sheriff's office says Marson's personal vehicle went into a ditch around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, and he reportedly got a ride home.

A deputy who spoke with Marson at his home shortly after midnight smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Marson failed a preliminary breath test, and a second after his arrest showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent. Wisconsin's legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Marson did not immediately return phone and email messages from The Associated Press on Monday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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