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Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho

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Tribal Police Officer Michael Bisbee, 37, of Lapwai, pleaded innocent to a charge of misdemeanor drunken driving. No trial date has been set. Police Chief Tom Idol said an internal investigation was being conducted into the May 14 incident. Nez Perce County Sheriff's deputies said they arrested Bisbee after spotting his pickup truck parked in the travel lane of U.S. Highway 95 near Jacques Spur. Although Bisbee refused to have his blood-alcohol level checked, Deputy Paul McNish said Bisbee acted like he had been drinking. Officers said Bisbee's pickup was implicated in a hit-and-run accident earlier that night in Lewis County. The truck had an estimated $3,000 in damage to the front, a deputy's report said, and Bisbee had a cut on his head and an unidentified passenger had a swollen cheek and black eye. Two months earlier, Bisbee was a passenger in a car driven by Tribal Police Officer Ricky Hernandez, when Hernandez was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving after speeding west in the east-bound lane of the main street in Culdesac. Hernandez, 35, of Lapwai, later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, offered because he had no previous record, and was fined $300.

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