Ripple effect in court as police officer investigation continues
BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB has uncovered new information after a police officer investigation has led to cases dismissed in Meade County.
WDRB went to the Meade County Courthouse to get answers about the five cases now dismissed in court. Records show all five involve DUIs. One person who had his case dismissed had a blood alcohol level of .225, according to court documents.
All the citations show the same investigating officer. Kentucky State Police confirm he is a trooper with Post 4 out of Elizabethtown, but will not confirm if he's on paid administrative leave.
Attorney Kenton Smith who represents a man who had his DUI case dismissed issued this statement to WDRB News.
"The particular police officer in my case that got dismissed had credibility issues prior to the latest allegations. And, I don't think the Commonwealth had any choice but to dismiss the cases that were dismissed. It is very difficult for a prosecutor to maintain prosecution when the witness has no credibility," Smith said.
As WDRB News reported on Monday, a father says his 15-year-old daughter is the victim of a Breckinridge County sheriff's deputy, two Kentucky State Police troopers from Post 4 and a Brandenburg police officer.
Meade County Attorney Jessica Brown Roberts says the cases those officers worked on were dismissed Wednesday because they were not available to appear in court.
The Kentucky attorney general's office says it's still working on naming a special prosecutor for the police officer investigation, after two others took themselves off the case because of a potential conflict of interest.
Kentucky State Police remain tight lipped. They will only say they're investigating the case and are also conducting an internal investigation at the same time.
There is no word on when it'll be finished, but it would be up to a grand jury to file possible criminal charges against the officers.
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