Police officer files suit against Montgomery


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A fired police officer who arrested singer John Michael Montgomery on a drunken-driving charge sued the country music star Monday for slander.

The Urban County Government fired Joshua Cromer in February in part for postings made on the social networking Web site MySpace.com and for his actions in connection with Montgomery's arrest in February 2006.

Prior to the officer's dismissal, Montgomery was interviewed by the police department's internal affairs unit.

Cromer claims Montgomery falsely accused him of stealing the country music star's cowboy hat during the arrest. His lawsuit also contends Montgomery falsely told police that Cromer had targeted the singer because he was a celebrity, and that Cromer acted inappropriately during the arrest.

Montgomery's attorney, Brent Caldwell, did not return phone calls Monday.

Last August, Montgomery entered an Alford plea to the drunken-driving charge, which acknowledges that there was enough evidence for a conviction. He was ordered to pay fines and take an alcohol-education course.

Cromer is appealing his termination.