A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate the drunk driving arrest of Jasper County Presiding Commissioner Chuck Surface. Lawrence County’s prosecutor will take over the case. The Jasper County prosecutor is stepping aside because he represents Surface in his role as presiding commissioner. One of the first decisions the new prosecutor will make is whether to file a charge. Surface calls the incident a personal error. He has admitted his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit but tells the Joplin Globe it was not excessively over the limit.
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