Sheriff accused of interfering in relative's traffic stop

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Lawrence County Sheriff Kenneth W. Taylor has been indicted on official misconduct charges, accused of interfering with a traffic stop involving his nephew.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the one-count indictment from the Lawrence County Grand Jury came after a three-month investigation into the Dec. 16 traffic stop in Lawrenceburg.

A conviction on that charge could lead to ouster proceedings.

He was issued a criminal summons in his office Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court in April. He did not return a message left at his office requesting comment. An aide said he was not in the office.

According to the indictment, Taylor directed other persons to prevent an investigation of a DUI case involving his nephew, Jarrod Bradbary.

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