Sheriff Issues Ticket To Deputy Following December Incident
Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns has issued one of his own deputies a traffic ticket following an investigation into a incident last month.
Burns said in a statement released Wednesday that Deputy Adam Hallett (seen in our picture) was ticketed for having an open alcoholic beverage container.
The incident happened December 1 on County Route 72 in the town of Henderson. Hallett, a K-9 handler for the department, was parked on the side of the road in a department vehicle.
Burns confirmed Hallett has been suspended as of now, though he would not say for how long.
In addition, Burns said the deputy who first responded to the scene, Matthew A. Vaughn, will face disciplinary action.
Burns said he was notified of the incident that day, but was not called to the scene and "wasn't given all the infomation."
After investigating for the last few weeks and taking the case to the district attorney, Burns said "there were not certain elements that would hold up a certain charge."
In light of that, Burns said, he believes the open container ticket in "appropriate."
Hallett will answer the traffic ticket in Henderson town court later this month.
Burns said Hallett is also facing departmental disciplinary charges and punishment.
The sheriff briefed Jefferson County legislators about the investigation Tuesday night, but it was not clear Wednesday whether Burns's action would satisfy the legislature. Legislator Scott Gray had no comment, when contacted by 7 News.
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