Former South Carolina coroner can't delay facing North Carolina charge

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- A judge has denied a request from former York County Coroner Doug McKown to wait to deal with an alcohol violation in Lincolnton, N.C., until he finishes probation in South Carolina.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported McKown was in court Tuesday, asking the judge to delay a hearing on the North Carolina charges until his probation on a drug charge ends in June. If McKown pleads guilty in North Carolina, he could be arrested for violating probation in South Carolina and face up to a year in prison.

Judge Dean Black refused the request, giving McKown until Oct. 22 to find a lawyer to deal with the drinking while driving and open container of alcohol charges.

McKown resigned after he was pulled over in July. He says he was in North Carolina picking up a friend who had too much to drink.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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