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Jury trial date set for Callaway Sheriff, faces DWI charge in Randolph County

Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism
Callaway County Sheriff's Office
Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism


A jury trial date has been set for a case in Randolph County involving the Callaway County Sheriff.

Sheriff Clay Chism was charged in November with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 31. A jury trial is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.

Chism was arrested in October. Moberly police were dispatched to an Arby's parking lot Oct. 6 after receiving a report of property damage. An officer believed Chism was intoxicated and arrested him.

According to the Randolph County Sheriff's Department, Chism crashed his personal vehicle into a concrete barrier.

A probable cause statement filed in November says Chism was asleep when an officer came up to his pickup truck and a puddle of vomit was on the ground outside the driver's side door. An open bottle of "Mike's Harder Lemonade" was in the center console, the officer wrote. He had to be shaken awake, the officer wrote.

The statement says Chism refused to get out of the vehicle when commanded and resisted officers who pulled him out. He smelled like alcohol, his speech was slurred and he was staggering, the officer wrote.

Chism protested as he was being pulled from the vehicle, saying he was not driving the truck, according to the statement. Chism also allegedly refused breath and blood tests.

Chism's lawyer told ABC 17 News in November that Chism was sitting in a car with the engine off and having a drink while he waited for someone to pick him up. The lawyer said police did not request a blood test.

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