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|Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler says he was at Prescott bar on December 22 with other motorcycle club members, but denies involvement in a fight.|
Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler released a statement over the weekend to quell rumors that he was involved in a December 22 Prescott bar fight in which a Glendale man was injured.
The incident came to light after the 23-year-old victim showed up at a hospital with facial injuries, saying he'd been attacked by members of a motorcycle club.
When Prescott police started to investigate, they quickly learned it was a law-enforcement club, and that the alleged attackers were off-duty police officers. The probe was turned over to the state Department of Public Safety to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest; Prescott Valley is a small town just east of Prescott.
Fessler admits to being at the bar at the time, and also to being a former motorcycle club member, but says that rumors that high-ranking Prescott Valley officers were involved in the "altercation" will be proven to the contrary. He says he has resigned his membership in the club, reportedly the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club.
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