Thursday, March 17, 2005

Road Trip

Anyone seen Burt Reynolds lately:

A deputy jailer and a convicted burglar he was supposed to be taking to jail in Kentucky were arrested yesterday after going on a 100-mile drunken road trip in a law-enforcement vehicle and making false arrests, authorities said.

The jailer and inmate were caught after drivers began calling authorities to report a drunken duo was making traffic stops, state Trooper Ralph Lockard said. They allegedly let the drivers go after accepting cash bribes.

The deputy jailer, Clarence Wilson, 37, has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation, Knox County Judge-Executive Raymond Smith said. Wilson was charged with drunken driving, impersonating an officer, unlawful imprisonment and official misconduct.

"I couldn't believe this happened," Smith said. "The next thing you're likely to hear is that we're on the 'Jerry Springer Show.' "

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