Trial, hearing scheduled for suspended sheriff

Callaway County's suspended sheriff Clay Chism will have a jury trial for a charge of driving while intoxicated and a hearing for his peace officer license in January.

The jury trial for Chism will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 at the Randolph County Courthouse, according to online court documents. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 18.

Chism is charged with misdemeanors of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, detention or stop.

According to the Moberly Police Department probable cause statement, officers in October found Chism asleep in a truck that struck a concrete barrier in an Arby's parking lot.

The truck had damage to the front of the vehicle and was missing its front license plate. Officers found the plate and matched it to the truck's back plate.

They saw a puddle of vomit that smelled of intoxicants near the driver's side door of the truck, and a container of Mike's Harder Lemonade in the truck's center console.

Officers had to physically shake Chism to wake him up, the probable cause statement states.

Chism smelled of alcohol on his breath and was slurring his speech, according to the statement.

Chism refused to exit the truck and had to be forcibly removed.

When taken to the Moberly Police Department, he refused a chemical test of his breath or blood. He also refused to sign paperwork and his court summons.

He said he was not driving the vehicle and refused to answer questions.

Chism's hearing scheduled for today with the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission has been postponed. The hearing was related to Chism's peace officer's license, which is required to hold office as sheriff and work in a law enforcement agency. The hearing is now set for Jan. 17.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety suspended Chism's peace officer's license June 9.

A complaint was filed with the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission that states Chism is "unable to perform the functions of a peace officer with reasonable competency or reasonable safety." The complaint also states Chism has abused alcohol, as well as consumed alcohol and was impaired while on active duty.

The complaint lists several allegations of Chism working while intoxicated.

Darryl Maylee was chosen as the interim sheriff once Chism's license was suspended.

Chism has served as Callaway County Sheriff since 2017.

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