Officer Who Arrested John Michael Montgomery Is Fired

The police officer who arrested John Michael Montgomery last year for drunken driving was fired on Wednesday (Feb. 21). Officials in Lexington, Ky., charged Joshua Cromer with unbecoming conduct, dishonesty and insubordination after he arrested Montgomery on Feb. 14, 2006, near the singer’s home. Following the arrest, Cromer altered a photograph to show himself posing with Montgomery and then posted it on his own MySpace page. Montgomery’s attorneys also say witnesses saw Cromer approach Montgomery while they were both in the Austin City Saloon in Lexington earlier that night. Cromer had been on suspension for a year. Montgomery entered an Alford plea in August to the DUI charge, meaning that he did not admit guilt in the case but conceded there was enough evidence to convict him.