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6:43 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Saline County Sheriff Says He Made A 'Mistake'

Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington

The Saline County sheriff apologized to residents after being charged during the weekend on a complaint of public intoxication and refusal to submit to arrest.

Sheriff Bruce Pennington said Monday he had a couple of drinks on an empty stomach after working in his yard all day Saturday.

Police said they responded to a report of a "very intoxicated individual" who was getting into a vehicle outside a restaurant Saturday night, but Pennington said at a news conference he went to his car to send a text-message to a friend to seek a ride.

Benton police Lt. Kevin Russell had said during the weekend that Pennington was "belligerent."

The sheriff said he made a mistake and apologized.  He is due in court Aug. 5.