updated 10/11/2006 9:52:11 AM ET 2006-10-11T13:52:11

A small town police chief has been charged with stealing a windshield from a golf cart -- while wearing his uniform.

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Police Chief Mike McDonald of Lamar turned himself in to police on Tuesday to face the charges of larceny and misconduct in office. He was released on $1,000 bail.

"I messed up, your honor," McDonald said at his bond hearing. "It's embarrassing for my position."

"I know the news media is here, and they're going to have a field day with it," the chief said.

McDonald was in uniform when he took the windshield from a golf cart at a used car lot in Darlington in August, Darlington Police Lt. Danny Watson said.

An employee said the cart was chained to a pole when the windshield was taken.

McDonald did not give investigators any explanation, Watson said.

McDonald returned the windshield, valued at $80, authorities said. The town, about 20 miles  from Florence in northeastern South Carolina, placed him on administrative leave, Mayor Bobby Hudson said.

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