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Claim came during McNair trial testimony

10/22/2003 - Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Testimony during Steve McNair's drunken
driving hearing has led police to investigate allegations that an
officer with ties to the Tennessee Titans tried to keep players
from being arrested during traffic stops.

The claim was made Tuesday by Officer Shawn Taylor during the
quarterback's hearing on drunken driving and weapons charges.

Taylor testified that Officer Jeb Johnston told other officers
at a roll call that if anyone pulled over a player, they should
call him and he would pick them up. That would keep the player from
facing any criminal charges.

Acting Chief Deb Faulkner said supervisors in the department's
traffic division would investigate the allegations.

Johnston, who worked as an armed security guard at Titans'
stadium during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, denied the allegations
through a police spokesman.