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'Hammered Drunk' Missouri Police Chief Will Retire As 'Emeritus'

Body cam footage shows an police officer in O'Fallon, Mo., a St. Louis suburb, administering a breath test last spring to one person he may never have expected to stop for suspected drunk driving. "Chief of Hazelwood, he is hammered drunk right now," the O'Fallon officer said in the footage. Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall was pulled over on May 28 for weaving on the road.

The body camera footage shows Hall struggling to maintain his balance, slurring while reciting the alphabet, and taking a breathalyzer test, which an officer said showed that his blood alcohol content was more than two and a half times the legal limit, reported the Riverfront Times. Hall's lawyer called the portable breath test "generally not as reliable" as other tests. Supervisors were contacted and O'Fallon's police chief and gave Hall a ride home. Now, Hall is being allowed to retire on Jan. 1, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He will serve as "chief emeritus" until his retirement.


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