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Callaway County sheriff charged with misdemeanor DWI, resisting arrest

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism has now been charged with two misdemeanors related to his October arrest on suspicion of DWI.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Luntsford filed the charges Thursday after Chism posted a $2,000 bond the day of his arrest, according to online court records. He's due for his first court appearance Monday.

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 Thursday 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 refused breath and blood tests and did not respond to questions about the incident, police say. The statement says a gas station employee reported that Chism's truck hit the Arby's drive-thru barrier and that damage on the truck is consistent with damage on the barrier.

Chism's lawyer told ABC 17 News last month 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.

Moberly police have declined to comment on the case.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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