Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hailey cop accused of DUI

Edgerton resigns from police force


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A Hailey police officer resigned last week after being cited for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Laureen Lee Edgerton, 47, was not arrested the evening of July 12, but was instead issued a misdemeanor DUI citation by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. An arraignment date had not been scheduled as of Tuesday.

Edgerton is represented by Hailey attorney Douglas Nelson, who filed a written plea of not guilty on July 15 in Blaine County 5th District Court.

Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said Monday that Edgerton resigned from the Police Department on July 15. He declined to comment further, citing confidentiality of a personnel issue.

Edgerton served with the Ketchum Police Department before joining Hailey police.

A probable-cause affidavit filed by Blaine County Deputy Rene Rodriguez states that he became involved in the case on a request for assistance from Hailey police Lt. Steve England. According to the affidavit, Edgerton allegedly drove intoxicated to a residence on Porphyry Street in southern Hailey and was questioned at the home when Rodriguez arrived.

Rodriguez wrote that Edgerton smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. He wrote that she was taken into custody and transported to the Blaine County jail, where "she refused to provide a breath sample." Rodriguez wrote that Edgerton was then transported to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, where a "blood draw" was performed. Results of the test were not available.

Rodriguez wrote that after the blood draw, Edgerton was "cited and released."

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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