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Pleasant View police chief demoted after arrest

PLEASANT VIEW, TN (WSMV) -

Pleasant View Police Chief Michael Douglas has been demoted to a police officer following his arrest in January.

Douglas was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest while he was off-duty in Springfield.

According to an arrest report, a bartender had to call officers after Douglas was allegedly drunk and throwing drink coasters at women.

Witnesses said Douglas stole drinks from a table full of women. When officers arrived, they said Douglas kicked, cursed and damaged the inside of their cruiser.

Mayor Perry Keenan says the town conducted its own investigation and found that departmental violations were violated, which led to the decision.

"The town's decision is based solely on departmental policy. One unfortunate event does not define 11 years of service and we want everyone to know this has been a particularly tough decision to make," said the mayor in a news release.

Keenan went on to call Douglas' past performance "outstanding," saying he is "an asset to our town and the Pleasant View Police Department."

Douglas served in the military and the Robertson County Sheriff's Office. He had been chief of police in Pleasant View for 11 years and had never been in trouble or been disciplined before the incident.

Douglas will have to pass a fitness-for-duty evaluation before returning to active duty.

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