Bowling Green officers' actions probed after mayor's driving questioned

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | 10:46 a.m. CDT

BOWLING GREEN — Bowling Green's city administrator is seeking an outside review after the mayor was not ticketed or tested after being stopped when he appeared to have been drinking.

Mayor David Koester received a verbal warning on suspicion of speeding on May 30.

However, the officer who stopped him reported that Koester had slurred speech and glassy eyes, had an open beer bottle in the car and outdated proof of insurance.

Koester asked Officer Brian Czarnecki if he knew who he was and then told him he was the mayor. A patrol car recording reviewed by the Hannibal Courier-Post captured the conversation.

Czarnecki and assisting officer Sgt. Russ Schaible decided Koester could call his wife to pick him up. A message was left Wednesday for Koester seeking comment.


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