Affidavit: Sheriff's charges stem from girlfriend's DUI stop

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INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) - Charging documents say a Kansas sheriff who's charged with two misdemeanors tried to interfere in the drunken driving arrest of his then-girlfriend.

The affidavit released Thursday in the interference and witness intimidation case against Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks says the woman was stopped in January 2018 after dispatch received a report that she was driving recklessly. She then called the sheriff, who said he would pick her up.

Before he got there, the deputy headed to jail with the woman. The affidavit says Dierks called and asked if he could make the deputy change his mind and then asked the deputy not to attend the woman's court hearing. Dierks told investigators the woman broke up with him for not helping her get out of the DUI.

Dierks' attorney didn't immediately return a phone message.