January 19, 2006
Kirksville, Mo. — The Attorney General’s Office today filed a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated against Richard C. Scott, of Kirksville. Scott (DOB - 11/17/39) is a former city councilman for Kirksville. The Attorney General’s Office was appointed on the matter after the Adair County Prosecuting Attorney recused himself on a conflict of interest.
According to the probable cause statement filed with the charge, a Kirksville police officer stopped Scott’s vehicle on Jan. 21, 2005, after observing it drift across the center of the road. The officer administered several tests at the site of the traffic stop and reported that he believed Scott was intoxicated while operating the vehicle.
Driving while intoxicated is a class B misdemeanor under Missouri law, punishable by a maximum of six months in jail and a $500 fine. The charge against Scott is merely an accusation and, as in all criminal cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.