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Daughter of Ex-Durham Police Chief Pleads to Assault

Posted September 19, 2007 8:17 a.m. EDT
Updated September 19, 2007 4:03 p.m. EDT

— The daughter of former Durham Police Chief Steve Chalmers accepted a plea deal Wednesday in an assault case.

Chalmers entered an Alford plea to misdemeanor assault. Anyone entering Alford plea  doesn't admit guilt, although the plea is treated as a conviction by the courts.

She had been charged with felony assault in the case, which stems from an April 2006 incident in which a woman said she had been hit by a car.

Chalmers was ordered to pay $6,000 restitution to the woman. Once that is paid, her probation will be terminated, defense attorney Butch Williams said.

The Attorney General's Office handled the prosecution because the Durham County District Attorney's Office wanted to avoid a conflict of interest in the case.