According to court documents, Missouri’s Public Service Commissioner set a hearing for April 21 regarding his alleged refusal to take a breath test. The 60-year-old man, who has been charged with driving while intoxicated, will be allowed to continue driving until his hearing date. His next hearing on the DWI charge itself is scheduled for April 7.
Police reports indicate that the man was found passed out behind his driver’s wheel on March 5 in a Jefferson City parking lot. Police claim he stumbled when he got out of his car, had slurred speech and appeared confused. He reportedly refused to take sobriety tests or a breath test. After his arrest, police obtained a search warrant, and his blood was withdrawn to be sent for toxicology testing.
Police claim that he admitted to drinking a couple of drinks at a nearby bar. After that, he allegedly only asked if he was free to leave or if he was being arrested. He has served on the Public Commission since 2013. Previously, he served as a Missouri state senator from 1995 to 2003, and he is a former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback from the 1980s.
When a person is charged with driving while intoxicated, the evidence that will be used against that person is often a combination of police observations, their performance on any tests, what they say and the results of any breath or blood testing that is performed. People have a right to defend against criminal allegations, and they may want to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney in order to do so.
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune, “Court hearings set for DWI case against PSC Commissioner Bill Kenney,” Rudi Keller, March 24, 2015