The Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office will take over the drunken driving case against a Mount Pleasant councilman after the town’s prosecutor declared a conflict of interest this morning.

John Burn, 52, faces a count of driving under the influence after the Mount Pleasant Police Department said his pickup rear-ended a stopped car March 2 on Coleman Boulevard.

No one was seriously injured.

A few times before he started taking a field-sobriety test, Burn tried to hand his town council identification card to an officer, according to a police video of the encounter.

Later, he refused to continue the test when the officer asked him to recite the alphabet.

Burn, who was elected in late 2009, had a hearing this morning in municipal court, but Mount Pleasant Solicitor Ira Grossman recused himself from the case because of an “obvious conflict” as a town employee, he said.

Grossman said the Solicitor’s Office will handle further court matters on Burn’s DUI charge. An attempt to contact the office this morning was not immediately successful.

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