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Pleasants County police department clerk admits to taking from DUI initative

WHEELING, W.Va. — A former member of the St. Mary’s Police Department on Wednesday admitted she lied about a government effort related to DUI charges.

Carolyn Taylor, 40, of St. Marys pleaded guilty to perjury. Taylor previously served as the clerk of the St. Mary’s Police Department.

According to U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, Taylor lied to a federal grand jury about her role in the agency’s Slow Down for the Holiday program, which allows people charged with DUI and other crimes to donate cash, gift cards or other items to avoid prosecution.

Taylor told jurors she did not know of anyone personally benefiting from the program, but investigators discovered she used at least one gift card for her personal benefit.

Taylor faces up to five years of incarceration and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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