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Former Callaway County Sheriff to appear in court Monday


Former Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism is scheduled to appear in a Randolph County courtroom Monday for a pre-trial conference after he was accused of driving while intoxicated in October 2022.

Online court records show Chism is being charged with two misdemeanors including DWI and resisting arrest. The pre-trial hearing is scheduled for 10:30 Monday, July 31.

The Randolph County Sheriff's Department claims Chism crashed his personal vehicle into a concrete barrier in an Arby's parking lot in Randolph County in October. Callaway County Sheriff's Department said he was not on duty at the time of the crash.

Court documents state a gas station employee reported that Chism's truck hit Arby's drive-thru barrier and that damage on the truck was consistent with damage on the barrier.

According to a probable cause statement, 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, according to the statement.

Court documents state Chism had to be shaken awake, but that he refused to get out of the vehicle when commanded and resisted officers who pulled him out.

Officers say Chism smelled like alcohol, his speech was slurred, and he was staggering. ABC 17 also talked to Chism's attorney, Travis Noble in October.

Noble claimed that Chism was not driving but sitting in his vehicle with the engine off and having a drink while he waited for someone to pick him up.

Chism plead not guilty at his first court hearing in November.

In June, Chism was removed as sheriff after his Peace Officer's license was suspended. Complaints have also been filed regarding Chism's alcohol use.

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