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Man goes to court tipsy

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Kevin W. Tyler appeared for his initial court hearing in Clay County early Monday, charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Before the session could proceed, however, Tyler, 49, of Terre Haute, was returned to jail.

Court officials noticed he was again under the influence of alcohol, said Bob Pell, chief depuy prosecutor in Clay County.

Pell explained that Tyler was also due to appear in Vigo County court Monday, but failed to make it there because of his incarceration here.

"He was here on fairly routine charges," Pell said. "he was pulled over for speeding (April 6) and then failed a breathalizer test."

Tyler posted bond and was released from jail soon after the Clay County arrest.

Judge Blaine Akers revoked Tyler's suspended sentence after he ruled Tyler was unfit to sit in the hearing. Tyler can appear for the hearing when sober and time allows in the court.

"He's got to be clear-headed to understand his rights, and you can't do that under the influence of alcohol," Pell said.

Tyler, a retired firefighter, faces charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit arson, battering a police officer and public intoxication from last year in Vigo County. He was released for medical reasons related to cancer.

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