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Onalaska fire chief enters ‘not guilty’ plea in drunk driving case

Brad Williams

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The Onalaska fire chief pleaded not guilty on Thursday to traffic charges, resulting from an arrest last month.

Billy Hayes submitted the plea in writing, so he did not have to appear in La Crosse County traffic court.

Hayes was charged with speeding and driving drunk, after being pulled over by police last month.

The case could now be scheduled for trial.

Hayes reached an agreement with the city of Onalaska to serve a five-day suspension. The suspension is over his allegedly trying to use his position with the city to get out of the charge at the time it happened.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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