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PINE LAWN, MO. (AP) – The suburban St. Louis town of Pine Lawn has fired its highest-ranking police officer for allegedly telling another cop to drive two women he’d taken home from a bar.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Board of Aldermen unanimously voted Sunday to dismiss Lt. Steven Blakeney, who had been suspended with pay since November. He is accused of taking home two women he met at a bar.

The women said in written statements they woke up in his living room with no memory of how they got there. One of the women is a St. Charles police officer.

Blakeney says their claims are fabricated. He criticized Pine Lawn officials’ investigation that he called one-sided and designed to embarrass him.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,