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Moline’s former chief of police pleads guilty to OWI charge

MOLINE, Illinois -- The former chief of the Moline Police Department has pleaded guilty to operating while under the influence.

John Hitchock was pulled over on Highway 61 in early September by a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol.  He was cited for OWI.

On Tuesday, November 6, a written plea of guilty was filed on Hitchcock's behalf, according to court records.  The guilty plea comes four weeks after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Nearly one week later, Hitchcock retired from the police force.  Moline city leaders said they hoped to hire new chief within 3 months