Hillsboro Mayor Dennis Bradley

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Hillsboro Mayor Arrested After Altercation With Deputy

February 08, 2018 - 8:47 am

HILLSBORO, Mo. (KMOX) - Hillsboro Mayor Dennis Bradley was arrested this week, accused of trying to pick a fight with a Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy.

The sheriff's department said Bradley yelled expletives at the deputy, followed him to his squad car, and challenged him to take off his badge and gun while poking him in the chest, the AP reports. The confrontation escalated and the deputy used pepper spray to subdue Bradley.

Capt. Gary Higginbotham says the mayor faces several misdemeanors, like stalking, resisting arrest and fourth-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

Higginbotham says Bradley was released from jail the same day, but he stood by the deputy's car waiting for him.

A judge on Tuesday granted the deputy's request for a restraining order.

Bradley told the Jefferson County Leader that the deputy started it.

The Hillsboro Board of Alderpersons this week voted in closed session to consult an attorney about the best way to remove Bradley from office.