Russellville mayor charged for DWI

Russellville City Hall

Russellville Mayor Phil Hagenhoff was officially charged with a misdemeanor DWI Wednesday.

Hagenhoff was arrested on Feb. 3 in Cole County for drinking and driving and disobeying law enforcement. He had a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit, according to court documents.

A Cole County Deputy attempted to stop Hagenhoff from approaching the scene of a structure fire on Route C, but Hagenhoff failed to stop and continued towards the scene of the fire. Hagenhoff told police he was at the fire for 10-20 minutes.

Russellville's Fire Chief Melvin Stubinger said Hagenhoff hadn't been a volunteer firefighter for at least 10 years. It is still unclear why Hagenhoff was in the area of the fire.

When the deputy finally got in contact with the mayor, he smelled a "strong odor of liquor." The deputy conducted DWI tests and a breathalyzer test, which showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.16.

Hagenhoff was arrested and taken to the Cole County Jail, where he posted a $5,000 bond.

"When he took on mayor I figured he knew what had to be done," Stubinger said. "He knew what a requirement for mayor is and what's expected out of a mayor."

A woman who answered the phone at Russellville's City Hall said she wasn't aware he had been formally charged. She expects the topic will be discussed at their next meeting on Feb. 16.