McAlester police officer of the year fired

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - The police officer of the year in McAlester has been fired after being arrested for driving under the influence.

Officer Chris Morris was arrested by McAlester police on August 10th for DUI, failure to signal and failure to stop at a stop sign.

He was suspended with pay until being fired Monday afternoon by Police Chief Jim Lyles.

Morris was off duty at the time of the arrest and has pleaded not guilty to the three misdemeanor charges.

In addition to being the city's officer of the year Morris served as president of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge.

He can appeal the firing through the police union or the city's personnel board.

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