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Amery, Wis., police chief on leave after drunken driving arrest

By Andy Rathbun

St. Paul Pioneer Press

AMERY, Wis. -- Amery Police Chief Thomas Marson has been placed on administrative leave after his weekend arrest for suspected drunken driving.

The city of Amery issued a statement Tuesday morning saying Marson was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Retired Sgt. Mark Meyer, a part-time officer for the Amery Police Department, is serving as acting chief while Marson is on leave.

The city’s personnel committee met in closed session Monday evening but took no action on the issue. The city council is expected to discuss the issue in closed session next week.

Marson was arrested early Sunday after a breath test showed his blood-alcohol level to be nearly twice the legal limit, according to a Polk County sheriff’s report.

The sheriff’s office responded at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday to a report of a one-vehicle accident at Wisconsin 46 and County Road A — about five miles south of Amery. Marson, the owner of the vehicle, had reportedly been given a ride from the scene, and a deputy made contact with Marson at his home shortly after midnight.

Marson said he slid into a ditch due to slippery roads. A preliminary breath test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.156, and he was arrested, according to the sheriff’s report.

Marson was cited on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated — first offense. A second breath test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.15, and he was cited on suspicion of operating a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration, the report states.

Calls and an email to Marson were not returned.

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