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Sheriff Conway defends actions in Bannister arrest

Sheriff Butch Conway released a statement Tuesday backing up his department's handling of the arrest of BOC Chairman Charles Bannister.

"Based on the totality of the circumstances -- which include witness statements, restaurant employee statements, the statements of Chairman Bannister, the odor of alcohol on his breath and the failure of the field sobriety tests -- the deputy did not feel that the breath test revealed an accurate reading," Conway said. "He made the decision to get a blood test and to charge him with DUI based on his observations at the scene, at the jail and from the independent witness statements inside the restaurant. I stand behind the actions the deputy took last night."