Independence City Manager Robert Heacock was charged early Tuesday morning in Lee’s Summit with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Independence City Manager Robert Heacock was charged early Tuesday morning in Lee’s Summit with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Lee’s Summit Police Sgt. Mike Childs said Heacock was stopped close to 1:45 a.m. in the 200 block of Southeast Douglas Road in the city’s downtown area. 

Heacock failed a breathalyzer test, Childs said, but would not comment on why Heacock was stopped. Childs added Heacock posted a $300 bond after being arrested. 

In a statement released to The Examiner Tuesday evening, Heacock aknowledged the incident and said his blood alcohol level registered an .09. In Missouri, a driver is considered legally drunk with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

Heacock said he has been adivised by attorneys not to comment about the case.

 “I do acknowledge that regardless of the outcome, this incident reflects poorly on the community and organization to which I have dedicated the last 10 years of service. For that, I offer my deepest and most sincere apologies.”

Attempts Tuesday evening to reach Independence Mayor Don Reimal for comment were unsuccessful.

Heacock’s attorney, Bob Welch, said until his office receives the police reports from Lee’s Summit, he would not comment.

“He denied he was under the influence,” Welch said, “and so we are going to wait until we get the reports. Until I’ve got that I’m not in a position to say what we can and can’t do.”