County Councilman Pulled Over for Possible OWI Speaks Out

By Scott Sarvay
By Daniela Salvador
By Krystal Shull

June 5, 2012 Updated Jun 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM EDT

Allen County, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries is denying that he told an officer "not" to arrest a county councilman who'd been pulled over for suspected drunk driving.

Republican At-Large County Councilman Paul Moss released this statement Tuesday night.

"I take my roles as father and county councilman very seriously. I was providing a safe ride home for my daughter and her friends that morning. I willingly agreed to take the more reliable test at the Meeks Center. While waiting to do this, I did make a call to find out what was taking so long and if there was a way to expedite the process. I made no other requests and was granted no special treatment. I have tremendous faith in our law enforcement officers. If I had broken the law, they would have done their job."

Our news partner, the Journal Gazette, first reported on the incident.

Moss was pulled over by a sheriff's deputy early Saturday morning, who asked a nearby city officer on drunk driving patrol to give a breathalyzer test.

That city officer filled out a report, though he never made the scene. The county officer filed no paperwork about the incident.

The city officer's report quotes the county officer as saying "per Sheriff Fries, we were to disregard any further."

Officials have confirmed to Indiana’s NewsCenter that Moss did call Sheriff Fries from the scene at 3 a.m. and that Fries did speak to his officer. Sheriff Fries denies however that he told the officer to release the county councilman.

Moss refused to take a breath test at the scene, which is his right under Indiana law. But he did tell Fries he had a drink hours before driving.

Moss and the group of 20-year-old’s in his car were allowed to get another ride home.

No charges were filed.

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