Clayton police chief faces drunken driving charge

CLAYTON — Clayton Police Chief Brian C. Hill was cited for a drunken driving charge last weekend, the town’s mayor confirmed Thursday night.

Mayor David Letterman said the chief told him of the Saturday night DUI investigation stop southwest of Smyrna on Wednesday night. When contacted by a State News reporter earlier Wednesday during a work break, the mayor said he was unaware of any possible incident involving Chief Hill but would check into it.

The mayor said he “wasn’t going to get into the specifics” of whether the chief called him about the incident or vice versa.

Regarding the four-day lapse between the stop and the mayor finding out, Mr. Letterman said “I’m not going to make any judgment about that.

“We had a discussion. Just like anybody else, if you were in that position, you’d be getting your ducks in a row first before anything else.”

Chief Hill did not return emails and voicemails left by the State News Wednesday and Thursday seeking comment.

Brian C. Hill

The mayor said neither he or Chief Hill “went to town hall (Thursday).”

A special town council meeting will be scheduled to address the issue, according to the mayor. The executive session involves a personnel matter and thus be closed to the public. It will be the only item on the agenda and advance notice of the meeting will be posted on the town’s website at www.clayton.delaware.gov.

The mayor said town council will follow Freedom of Information Act guidelines throughout handling the matter.

“We’ll have the meeting, consult with our town attorney and then decide how to proceed from there,” he said.

According to the Delaware State Police a trooper stopped the 47-year-old Dover resident just after 10 p.m. Saturday on Sunnyside Road. Chief Hill was driving a 1998 Porsche Boxster at the time, State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier said. Police did not indicate whether the driver was alone at the time.

After an investigation, troopers transported Chief Hill to Troop 9, where he was charged with DUI of alcohol and failure to remain in a single lane, authorities said. He was issued a traffic citation and released.

When contacted by the State News Wednesday, State Police confirmed that a Brian C. Hill was charged with DUI but did not disclose his employment information due to policy.

Chief Hill is a Delaware Police Chief’ Council trustee and was named Smyrna Police Department Officer of the Year in 1999.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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