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December 23, 1999


An officer in the Lawrence Police Department who hit a bicyclist on a sidewalk with his Jeep after drinking in a downtown bar will keep his job.

Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen and Police Chief Ron Olin met Wednesday with Micah Stegall, 24, to review the Aug. 7 accident.

"He is retaining his job," Wildgen said Wednesday evening. "... I interviewed him with the police chief and took the police chief's comments and recommendations into consideration, and made the decision to retain him."

On Nov. 11, Stegall pleaded guilty to charges of battery and driving under the influence, both misdemeanors. According to city policies, officers with a felony conviction lose their job. Officers with misdemeanors can keep their jobs, but only with the city manager's approval.

Stegall could face other disciplinary measures, but city officials won't speak about personnel issues.

Wildgen said Stegall's duties will remain the same.

"He's a police officer, and they have a variety of duties," Wildgen said.

A week ago, Kansas Senior Judge Adrian Allen sentenced Stegall to two years' unsupervised probation, a $200 fine and 100 hours of community service in the incident.

Stegall's blood-alcohol content was .117 when he struck cyclist Stephen Mitchell, 22. The legal limit is .08. Stegall also must pay Mitchell's medical bills, lost wages and replace Mitchell's destroyed bicycle.

After the accident, Stegall was put on paid administrative leave. He joined the department about 21 months ago.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is

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