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Bullitt County Jail employee cited for improper use of blue lights

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Bullitt County jailer has been cited after Louisville Metro Police say he misused the red and blue lights on his vehicle and was caught driving recklessly in Jefferson County.

According to a criminal summons, the incident took place on Dec. 11 on I-265. Louisville Metro Police say 45-year-old Joseph C. Rapier activated his red and blue lights while driving on the interstate.

Additionally, police say Rapier was seen "driving up on vehicles very closely, at high rates of speed, in a reckless manner," and "weaving in and out of traffic."

Other drivers were moving in and out of Rapier's way, allowing him to pass because of his emergency lights, police say.

Louisville Metro Police say Rapier activated his emergency lights at least three times.

When police checked the license plate on Rapier's car, they discovered that the car was privately owned, according to the summons.

Police say they stopped Rapier on I-265 near Bardstown Rd. When they asked Rapier if he was a police officer, he allegedly replied that he was a jailer in Bullitt County. A citation lists his place of employment as the Bullitt County Jail.

Rapier is authorized to have lights inside his vehicle, police say, but he is not authorized to activate them in Jefferson County.

A criminal summons was issued for Rapier on Feb. 22, and the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office served him with it on Feb. 24.

He is charged with improper use of blue lights and reckless driving. Rapier is expected to appear in court next month.

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