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KC police officer pleads guilty in drunken-driving case

Updated: 2012-09-18T21:44:41Z

By DONALD BRADLEY

The Kansas City Star

A Kansas City police officer who scratched a state trooper and head-butted a colleague during her February arrest for drunken driving pleaded guilty Wednesday in Clay County.

Megan McKenney, 29, also faced charges of resisting arrest and assault. Those charges were dropped. She was charged under her maiden name, Megan Laffoon.

A judge sentenced McKenney to two years’ probation and 96 hours of shock time on the drunken-driving charge, meaning she will spend four days in jail.

McKenney was placed on unpaid suspendion by Kansas City after the incident, which began when a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper saw McKenney driving erratically about 3 a.m. Feb. 8 near North Oak Trafficway and Northeast 106th Street.

After pulling her over, the trooper noted her slurred speech and a “strong odor of intoxicants” in her Ford Explorer.

She allegedly refused his attempts to arrest her and had to be pepper-sprayed. At the Clay County Detention Center, it took about seven deputies to force her into a restraint chair, court documents say.

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