Former LMPD officer accused of driving drunk hires lawyer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Police officer has been accused of rushing though old Louisville and running four red lights, but he wasn't chasing a suspect. Police say he was the suspect -- in a drunk driving scandal that cost him his job.
Casey Skeens was a 29-year-old probationary officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department, be he's not any more. Now, he has an inmate number: 00590382.
It all started at the intersection of 3rd St. and Kentucky St. at around 4:30 a.m., Jan. 4. Court records say another officer tried to stop Skeens for driving erratically after he made an abrupt stop in the middle of the intersection.
The police report says Skeens refused to pull over, speeding through red lights at St. Catherine St., Oak St., 4th St. and Ormsby Ave., before ditching the pursing officer and getting back to his residence at Park Chateau Apartments.
The officer found Skeens' car in a gated parking lot about 30 minutes later with damage on the rear passenger side. He was arrested at his home a short time later, allegedly with a blood-alcohol level of .132 -- nearly double the legal limit.
There was no answer Thursday when we tried to ring Skeens' apartment.
He was released from jail without bond, though neighbors say they haven't seen him.
"I want to say it's been about a week and a half," said Misty England, a neighbor, pointing to an empty parking spot. "He's usually parked right over there. I see him every day."
"I think it's ridiculous that we haven't heard anything of it," England added. "We are residents here, and we've all seen this person, and I think we should have been informed."
Skeens hired a lawyer literally across the street from where he lives. Steve Schroering would not talk on camera, but told us over the phone his client maintains his innocence, and they will get the dashcam footage from the night he was arrested.
While Skeens may have only been a Louisville police officer for 15 months, Schroering says he has actually been in law enforcement seven years. The defense attorney said Skeens worked in Georgia before Louisville and left there with a clean record.
LMPD spokesmen also declined when given the opportunity to comment on camera, only confirming Skeens' resignation and that he was in his personal car the night of the arrest.
Skeens pleaded not guilty to felony fleeing and evading, reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
He's due back in court February 18th.
Copyright 2014 by WDRB News. All rights reserved.