Both Ricky Alan Moore, director of the Clay County Humane Society, and Chrystll D. Owens, co-owner of Clay County Animal Rescue, Inc., 763 South State Road 59, experienced their share of troubles in July.
On Thursday, July 9, a member of the Brazil Police Department noticed the Clay County Humane Society van being driven erratically and began to initiate a traffic stop in the area of Chicago Avenue and Pinckley Street. However, the driver continued traveling until it reached an area near the intersection of Chicago and Posey.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he found Moore behind the wheel and a strong odor of alcohol.
During a field sobriety test, Moore registered a positive reading of 0.28. In the State of Indiana, a reading of 0.08 is considered legally intoxicated.
Although Moore was initially taken into custody, due to the extreme level of alcohol in his blood system, protocols at the Clay County Justice Center prohibited his incarceration without signed authorization from medical personnel.
According to jail protocols established in August 2005 -- which are reviewed annually to insure compliance with Indiana laws -- no "arrestee" shall be accepted "with a BAC of .25 or greater" without written approval from a licensed physician. If the arrestee refuses medical treatment, signed authorization from an Emergency Room Physician shall be obtained. In this type of situation, any medical treatment prior to being booked into the facility shall be at the arrestee's expense.
With limited resources, the BPD was unable to have the only on-duty officer stay at the hospital with a prisoner for the approximate four hours of necessary observation.
The officer then transported Moore back to the police department in an attempt to locate a friend or family member that could take custody of him.
Moore was later released into the custody of a responsible family member upon signature of the initial summons.
A summons regarding formal charges for a class A misdemeanor Operating a vehicle with and ACE of .15 or more and a class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated was issued on July 10 by Clay Superior Court.
According to court documents, the Clay County Sheriff's Department served Moore with the document later the same day, stating he would need to appear in court on Aug. 17 for further court proceedings.
On Friday, Humane Society officials confirmed Moore is currently suspended awaiting the outcome of the Aug. 17 court proceedings.
According to information obtained from an ISP news release on Friday, Warren County Kentucky Circuit Court issued arrest warrants for Chrystll D. Meredith (aka Owens) Sept. 21, 2000. Allegedly Owens failed to comply with the terms and conditions of probation stemming from a prior forgery conviction.
No further information is available.
Officials at the Clay County Justice Center confirmed Owens was extradited back to Kentucky on Aug. 4 to appear for further court proceedings.