Scheduled court appearance for Clayton Police chief not held

Brian C. Hill

DOVER — The case status of a police chief’s pending drunken driving charge was unclear after a scheduled court appearance wasn’t held Wednesday afternoon.

Clayton Police Chief Brian C. Hill was scheduled for the Kent County Court of Common Pleas, but was not included on a list of appearances just prior to the 1 p.m. session.

Chief Hill was placed on administrative leave with pay after an Aug. 12 traffic stop by Delaware State Police near Smyrna ended with a misdemeanor first offense driving under the influence of alcohol charge.

A check of CCP records Wednesday indicated the case had not yet been accepted in court, and more information was expected to be available today.
Chief Hill’s name was on a preliminary list of appearances received by CCP.

An earlier scheduled Kent County CCP appearance on Sept. 1 was not held, and an original appearance in New Castle County CCP was moved due to an errant location of the alleged incident written on a ticket by an arresting trooper.

Chief Hill, a 47-year-old Dover resident at the time of arrest, was also charged with failure to maintain a single lane on Sunnyside Road just after the 10 p.m. stop.

Earlier attempts to reach Chief Hill for comment were not successful.

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