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Floyd County

April 11, 2013

Man strikes utility pole while allegedly under influence of pills

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Kern was then arrested and given a portable breath test, which he returned a result of zero percent blood alcohol concentration.

He was placed into a patrol vehicle to be taken to Clark Memorial Hospital for a blood draw.

“While en route to the hospital, Kern asked me if Xanax would have caused him to have an accident. I did not reply,” the officer put into the police report.

After a blood sample was taken at the hospital, Kern was transported to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

As he was being search by jail staff, he was asked to remove his shoes, per jail policy.

“Kern used his feet to pry off his shoes,” according to the report. “When Kern did this, a cellophane wrapper that had come from a cigarette pack fell from one of his feet.”

In the package, police found three white and three blue pills. The pills were later identified as Xanax and Soma. Kern told officers he had forgotten the pills were in his shoe.

He was preliminarily charged by Jeffersonville police with possession of controlled substance, a class C felony, and operating while intoxicated, a class C misdemeanor.

Court records had not been updated  as of press time with Kern’s upcoming court appearance in Clark County.

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