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Country star’s drunk-driving trial delayed

The prosecutor in the drunk-driving case against country star John Michael Montgomery was granted a one-month delay Thursday, in part to review statements about the singer posted on the arresting officer’s Web site.Montgomery’s case had been set for a pretrial conference on charges of driving under the influence, carrying concealed weapons without a permit and possession of a controlled substa
/ Source: The Associated Press

The prosecutor in the drunk-driving case against country star John Michael Montgomery was granted a one-month delay Thursday, in part to review statements about the singer posted on the arresting officer’s Web site.

Montgomery’s case had been set for a pretrial conference on charges of driving under the influence, carrying concealed weapons without a permit and possession of a controlled substance. However, the judge rescheduled the conference for May 11 at the request of Jack Miller, assistant Fayette County attorney.

Afterward, Miller acknowledged he was concerned about congratulatory comments posted by other police officers on the MySpace.com Web site of officer Joshua Cromer, who arrested Montgomery in February after the singer left a Lexington bar. The site also included an altered picture of Montgomery and a fan, with Cromer’s head superimposed over the fan’s.

Cromer and another officer were suspended and others face disciplinary action over the MySpace.com pages.

“It’s something we’re looking at,” Miller said. “Whether it’s an issue or not, it’s hard to say at this point.”

Montgomery’s attorney, Brent Caldwell, agreed to the delay in the court proceedings. He said Miller hasn’t discussed with him a dismissal in the case.

According to a police report, Montgomery had disregarded a traffic light and smelled strongly of alcohol when he was arrested after leaving the country bar that he has credited for his start in the performance business.

Although the police report said Montgomery had two loaded handguns in his vehicle, his attorney said he has permits for both. Montgomery also has a prescription for the drugs found in his car, Caldwell said. He is hoping to have the gun and drug charges dismissed.

Montgomery, a Kentucky native, had several No. 1 hit singles in the 1990s, including “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “I Swear” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).”