Constable pleads guilty to DUI
Posted in the Campbellsville Forum
#1 Jan 9, 2013
A Taylor County public official has pleaded guilty to breaking the law he was elected to uphold.
And as a result, he will spend four days in jail, have his driverís license suspended and pay a fine.
Henry Wayne Parson, 70, of 313 Candace St., was arrested last July and charged with first-offense DUI.
Parson was last re-elected to the 5th District constable seat in May 2010. He defeated two opponents for the post. According to Taylor District Court records, Parson actually pleaded guilty to the DUI charge in November, though the plea wasnít officially entered into court documents until last Friday.
On Friday, Parson appeared before Judge Amy Anderson for sentencing. Parson was ordered to pay a $200 fine and $543 in court costs. He was given six months to pay. A review date was set for July 3.
Parson will serve his jail time on four separate days, according to court records, beginning today at 6 p.m. and continuing Jan. 17, 24 and Jan. 31. He will serve from 6 p.m. on those days until 6 p.m. the following day.
Parson was ordered to attend 90 days of alcohol education classes at Counseling Associates. He is scheduled to appear in court again Jan. 30 to see if he has enrolled.
Parsonís driverís license has been suspended for 90 days and was surrendered and placed in his court file.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge last July 30. Since then, Parson has had six pretrial conferences and three sentencing court dates.
Lebanon attorney Jude Hagan represented Parson. He didnít return a phone call from the News-Journal office to comment for this story.
According to Parsonís arrest citation, he was allegedly involved in a non-injury collision on west U.S 68 and Tharp Drive in early July. Campbellsville Police Officer Nelson Bishop responded to the scene.
Bishop wrote in court records that Parson smelled like alcohol, had poor balance and was slurring his speech.
Parson failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level of .19 on a Breathalyzer test, higher than the legal limit of .08. After the test, Bishop charged Parson with DUI.
Parson was taken to the Taylor County Detention Center, where he was booked and then released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. No money is posted with an unsecured bond. It sets an amount that a defendant must pay if he or she doesnít appear at all scheduled court appearances.
A first-offense DUI is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a $200 to $500 fine, an order to attend a 90-day alcohol and drug treatment program and a license suspension for 30 to 120 days. A typical suspension is 90 days.
Since Parsonís alleged blood alcohol level was higher than .15, according to court documents, that creates an aggravating circumstance. As a result, Parsons faced a mandatory minimum of four days in jail.
Constables are elected in all six of Taylor Countyís magisterial districts. They are most visible to residents when helping direct traffic, though they are law enforcement officers and can cite speeders, serve warrants, collect taxes and patrol county roads.
Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said last year that Parson was stopped after a rear-end collision when Bishop approached him. He said he doesnít believe Parson was acting in his constable capacity when he was stopped and arrested.
Hazlette said constables donít answer to a supervisor, only to the voters who live in their district. He said Taylor Countyís magistrates have the authority to allow constables to install blue police lights on their cars.
Taylor County Attorney John Bertram said constables are subject to punishment for breaking laws just as the average resident.
He said on Monday that he isnít aware of any impact Parsonís guilty plea will have on his status as a constable.ďThe suspension of his operatorís license applies to him just as it would any other person,Ē Bertram said.ďThus, any duty which requires his personal operation of a vehicle would not be able to be performed during the suspension period
#2 Jan 9, 2013
Why do you feel the need to post this?
#3 Jan 9, 2013
The person that posted the copyrighted story from the News-Journal can be sued for copyright violation. It appears that not one word was changed and the article was copied and pasted into this forum. How stupid can people get? Why don't you hicks know about copyright law? Just ask anyone in the publishing business or a lawyer.
#4 Jan 10, 2013
i agree with the above. if you want to post a news story - just put a link to it in your post so you dont get in to trouble!!
#5 Jan 10, 2013
Numb nuts,,public info.
#6 Jan 10, 2013
it may be public info but it is still copyrighted and the law applies you idiot! it is not the info but the story was written by the paper it was copied from that violates the law. if that person just posted the info without copying the story, that would be fine and legal!!!
#7 Jan 10, 2013
Maybe you want to do a citizens arrest jeb? You need to reread the copyright laws idiot. The poster was within his legal rights to post article. There are exceptions to law so do your research. Nitwit.
#8 Jan 10, 2013
does that make the facts any less true?
#9 Jan 10, 2013
No, not one bit. I am not disputing the facts or anything about the subject. I am just disputing the illegal posting of a copyrighted story. A link to the paper's web site would have worked just find and would have been legal.
#11 Jan 10, 2013
I don't really care of it was posted legally or not. If the paper has an issue then they can file suit.
#12 Jan 10, 2013
To start with its not "tax dollars at work" because constable are NOT paid nor funded by tax dollars!!! Everyone wants to talk about tax dollars at work then go to ray street and the other 10 projects in this town!! THATS TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
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