DUI charge against constable dismissed

Case dropped due to negative lab results

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]

A Harlan County constable has been cleared of a DUI charge in Harlan District Court after lab results came back negative.

Brandon Allen Haynes, 35, of Cumberland, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol in June 2015.

According to a document obtained from the Harlan Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, the charge was dropped on May 31 in Harlan District Court.

Haynes, who is the District 3 constable, said he submitted to both blood and urine tests.

“Both came back negative,” Haynes said. “Completely clean of everything.”

The case had been set for a jury trial on May 31, but the charge was dropped the day of the trial, Haynes said.

“It was dismissed because of negative lab results,” Haynes said.

According to election results published by the Enterprise, Haynes was elected to the position of District 3 constable in November of 2014 with 697 votes. He beat out opponent Mathew Miles, who received a total of 596 votes.

The Kentucky Constables Association website states constables are peace officers with broad powers of arrest and authority to serve court processes. The constable has the authority to enforce both the traffic code and the criminal code of Kentucky. They may execute warrants, summonses, subpoenas, attachments, notes, rules and orders of the court in all criminal, penal and civil cases (KRS 70.350). The Kentucky Constitution, Section 101, constables will possess the same qualifications as the sheriffs and may exercise jurisdiction in any part of the county.

According to Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins, constables receive no pay from the county. They receive fees for their services for serving legal documents.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde

Case dropped due to negative lab results

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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