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August 28, 2013

UPDATE: Acy's attorney releases statement on OWI arrest

Jerry Acy was driving vehicle owned by development authority during stop, according to police records

CLARKSVILLE — River Ridge Commerce Center Executive Director Jerry Acy was arrested at an OWI checkpoint in Clarksville early Sunday morning.

The arrest took place at approximately 1:20 a.m., according to the incident report.

“The driver handed this officer a Mississippi operator’s license identifying himself as Jerry Acy, and as I spoke to the driver, I could smell a strong odor commonly associated with an alcoholic beverage,” the arresting officer wrote in his report. “I observed his eyes to be very glassy and I asked him to pull forward into a parking space, at which time he did so.”

Acy’s balance was unstable, and he failed multiple field sobriety tests, according to the incident report. After Acy failed eye, walking and balance tests, the officer administered Acy a portable breathalizer test, which yielded a result of 0.11 blood-alcohol content, according to the report.

Acy was taken back to the Clarksville Police Department, where he blew a 0.10 blood-alcohol content, after which he was transported to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex in Jeffersonville, where Acy was booked on the preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor. The State of Indiana Public Records Inquiry website, mycase.in.gov, did not list any charges against Acy at press time.

Acy was released on his own recognizance at 9:39 a.m. Sunday, according to jail records.

The arrest report notes that Acy was driving a red 2012 Ford Explorer owned by the River Ridge Development Authority at the time of the incident. The vehicle was impounded at Kraft Wrecker Service, Clarksville.

Acy has served as executive director at River Ridge since April 21, 2008, according to the River Ridge website.

“I’m not speaking on behalf of the full board, although I am president, but personally, I absolutely do not approve of the behavior that Jerry engaged in that led to his arrest,” said Mark Robinson, president of the River Ridge Development Authority, Acy’s employer. “However, after working with him with for five and a quarter years, I still want to support him personally, and I think the board — since this is our first experience with any behavior like this — will probably want to continue to retain his services as our executive director, unless something else unfolds that is more damaging than what we currently know.”

Robinson said he has spoken with Acy several times each day since the incident took place, and said Acy is expected to appear in court Thursday for an arraignment hearing.

Larry Wilder, Acy’s attorney, released the following statement:

“Mr. Acy was stopped at a checkpoint by the Clarksville police. He was not stopped because he was driving dangerously, erratically or recklessly. He was cooperative and truthful when questioned by the officers and it is his intent and desire to take all steps necessary to resolve this matter in a professional and reasonable manner.”

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