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Bailiff arrested for alcohol intoxication pleads guilty, pays fine


A Whitley County Sheriff's Department bailiff, who was arrested for alcohol intoxication last month, prepaid his fine for the charge last week.

On Sept. 6, Sheriff's Lt. Dennis Foley charged bailiff Harvey J. Alder, 43, and two other men, Jamie Prewitt, 32, and Nathan Waters, 30, all of Williamsburg, with alcohol intoxication in a public place about 3:30 a.m. and lodged them in the Whitley County Detention Center. All three were released on bond less than four hours later.

Alder had been scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Whitley District Court, but instead prepaid his $25 fine and $163 court costs on Sept. 25, which resolved the case, according to district court records.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said Monday afternoon that he hadn't had the chance to meet yet with Alder about disciplinary action.

Harrell said he couldn't elaborate on the disciplinary action that Alder might face noting it is a personnel matter.

After the incident, Alder was off on voluntary leave for a few days before returning to duty, and Harrell said he planned to wait until the case had been adjudicated in court before handing down any administrative punishment.

Prewitt and Waters both pleaded not guilty during their arraignments Monday afternoon in Whitley District Court.

Judge Fred White scheduled Dec. 3 pre-trial conferences in both of their cases.

Foley was apparently on routine patrol when he came across Alder and the two other men walking along a roadway last month.

"There wasn't any kind of call on them. There wasn't a disturbance. They were there when he came through," Harrell added.
According to arrest citations, the trio was standing in the roadway about 1:55 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 90 and US25W.

The trio all reportedly failed three field sobriety tests and had blood alcohol readings in excess of the legal limit of 0.08.
Waters had a blood alcohol level of 0.115, Prewitt had a 0.179 blood alcohol level and Alder had a 0.202 blood alcohol level, Foley wrote.

Alder allegedly told police that he had a "few to drink" at a Corbin restaurant, according to his arrest citation.

Alder has worked for the department for about 18 months as a court bailiff and transport officer primarily working courthouse security at the justice center. Up until now, Alder had not been involved in any kind of disciplinary issues, Harrell said.
 

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