Fruitland Police Chief Michael Phillips has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired after he was stopped in Somerset County.
The County Sheriff’s Office says that Phillips was released after being taken into custody Sunday on alcohol-related violation.
Phillip’s attorney John Phoebus told the Salisbury Daily Times that the police chief has asked the Fruitland City Council to put him on paid administrative leave until the charges are resolved which the council did.
Phoebus said Chief Phillips said was driving a personal car, out of uniformed and unarmed.
The attorney said his client is presumed innocent and believed that the issue would be resolved “fairly and favorably.”