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A Springfield police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after being charged with several charges related to an alleged DWI accident in Pulaski County last month.

Motte, who lives in Waynesville, has been charged with three felonies; two counts of possession of a weapon while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of an accident. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of careless and imprudent driving, and a single count of driving while intoxicated.

Investigators with The Missouri Highway Patrol say that Motte was driving west on I-44 toward Springfield when his vehicle traveled off the road and was stopped by a cable barrier in the middle of the freeway.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Police Chief Lynn Rowe says that an internal investigation into Motte's actions and that they should be complete next week. Rowe tells the N-L, "Even if the department's investigation clears Motte of wrongdoing, a conviction on any of the felony charges would make him ineligible to keep his badge."

Motte, who has been with the department for almost a decade is due back in court on December, 19th.




Anonymous said...

A man with that many years of experience should be given a psych eval. It's a shame if a 19 year veteran is stripped of his badge if he did something dumb because he was depressed over his wife leaving him or something.