The situation began on March 3, 2015 when rookie patrol man, officer Nicholas Pappe, made a routine stop on suspicion of a D.U.I. When he walked up to the vehicle, he found local prominent businessman Brian Haggard, owner of Haggard Excavation, waiting in the front seat. The officer began his investigation, and when Haggard caught on to the possibility that he might go to jail, he made a few phone calls to some friends on the city council. After that, a few more phone calls took place between those city officials, the police supervisors and Officer Pappe. At the same time, a highly unprecedented move was made by one particular city official, City Manager Kenny Weast, when he showed up to the traffic stop and tried to intervene in the roadside sobriety tests and pending arrest.
In the presence of his friend Weast, Haggard can be heard asking officer Pappe for the favor of letting “him off the hook”. Weast also inquired if he could take the intoxicated business owner home himself, another request that officer Pappe denied. His response was that the suspect had already blown above the legal limit of alcohol intoxication. The council member was also reported to have inquired on if the officer had contacted a supervisor with regard to the stop, to which the officer replied that he had, and then went through with the arrest anyways. Also included in the police report of the incident, that Haggard began to threaten the officer Pappe’s job, a credible threat considering the council member that showed up on Haggard’s behalf was Kenny Weast, who has the authority to hire or fire any officer on the force.