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Off-duty police officers arrested on drunken driving charges

OCEANS SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities say two off-duty police officers in Mississippi have been arrested on drunken driving charges following a fight in a parking lot.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell told the Sun Herald that Raymond Lias of the Moss Point Police Department and Michael Ladnier of the Pascagoula Police Department were arrested Friday night.

Ezell says the fight outside a package story apparently was preceded by an earlier altercation between the two officers. Both officers also face misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct.

Moss Point Police Chief Calvin Hutchins said Lias would be placed on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation. The Sun Herald reported that Pascagoula police officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.