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Public hearing next week on complaint filed against Phillips police chief

PHILLIPS, WI (WTAQ) - A public hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday on a complaint filed against Phillips Police Chief David Sonntag.

The mayor of the northwest Wisconsin city filed a complaint last month, accusing Sonntag of falsifying legal records and pulling over a motorist illegally.

Mayor Charles Peterson said he wants the chief suspended, and then fired after his case is reviewed.

WSAW-TV in Wausau said Sonntag was accused of unlawfully jailing a drug suspect for three days, by wrongly claiming that a substance found in a search warrant tested positive to be marijuana.

The complaint also alleged that Sonntag claimed mileage for a trip to Madison for a meeting he never attended -- and he improperly used his personal vehicle to stop an erratic driver whom a sheriff's deputy later found was not driving erratically.

A police review committee has brought in a Madison lawyer to help the city handle the complaint.

Sonntag has been the Phillips chief for nine years. He's not commenting on the complaint for now.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)