A recently elected Harlan County Constable is facing a DUI charge after police said he was acting suspicious at a Cumberland gas station.
District 3 Constable Brandon Allen Haynes, 34, of Cumberland, was cited to court by a Cumberland city police officer on Saturday.
According to a press release from Cumberland City Police Chief Cody Williamson, off-duty CPD Officer John Brown noticed Haynes acting suspiciously. Brown contacted on-duty CPD Officer Cody Bargo, who responded to the Liberty Gas Station. Officers noticed what appeared to be white residue in or around Haynes’ nasal cavity. Haynes was given a sobriety test, and displayed six signs of impairment. Haynes admitted to officers he had ingested a Lortab pill and was handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser. After he complained of chest pains, LifeCare Ambulance Service transported him to Harlan ARH Hospital. Bargo rode in the ambulance with Haynes. During the ambulance ride, Haynes admitted to also ingesting 12 Subutex pills.
The release states police cited Haynes to court rather than placing him under arrest due to his admittance into Harlan ARH Hospital.
Haynes was cited for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Police said Haynes has had prior DUI arrests. Officers were assisted at the scene by the Kentucky State Police.
According to election results published by the Enterprise, Haynes was elected to the position of District 3 Constable in November with 697 votes. He beat out opponent Mathew Miles, who received a total of 596 votes.
According to the Kentucky Constables Association website, constables are peace officers with broad powers of arrest and authority to serve court processes. The constable has the authority to enforce both the traffic code and the criminal code of Kentucky. They may execute warrants, summonses, subpoenas, attachments, notes, rules and orders of the court in all criminal, penal and civil cases (KRS 70.350). The Kentucky Constitution, Section 101, constables will possess the same qualification as the sheriffs and may exercise jurisdiction in any part of the county.
According to Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins, constables receive no pay from the county. They receive fees for their services for serving legal documents. Also, when a person files to run for office, a criminal background check is not required.
In other police activity:
• Tracey Taylor, 39, of Mary Alice, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Cope on Friday. He was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond secured by 10 percent;
• Thomas Phillips, 48, of Middlesboro, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper John Carlock on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond;
• Derrick Tindell, 25, of Kenvir, was arrested on an indictment warrant on Friday by Evarts City Police Department Assistant Chief Owen Noe. Tindell was indicted for second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. He was lodged in the HCDC on a $2,500 full cash bond;
• Sheena Coker, 24, of Evarts, was arrested by EPD Sgt. John Teagle on an indictment warrant on Friday. She was indicted for second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and lodged in the HCDC on a $2,500 full cash bond. She was also being held on a $100 pay or stay warrant;
• Jeffery Coker, 26, of Evarts, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Teagle on Friday. He was indicted on two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and lodged in the HCDC on two full cash bonds totaling $5,000;
• Ellevina Cottrell, 32, of Evarts, was arrested by EPD Chief Lupe Blas on Saturday on an indictment warrant. She was indicted for second-degree possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. She was lodged in the HCDC on a $2,500 full cash bond.
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