Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Former policewoman sentenced to jail

Edgerton gets 10 days for misdemeanor DUI


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A former Hailey police officer was sentenced last week to 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor DUI.

However, according to Blaine County court records, 48-year-old Laureen Lee Edgerton will only have to spend two days behind bars and will be allowed to spend the other eight days in community service.

Edgerton was sentenced on Dec. 13 by Judge R. Ted Israel after pleading guilty to the crime in Blaine County Magistrate Court. Israel also placed Edgerton on probation for 18 months, ordered her to pay $822.50 in fines and court costs and suspended her driver's license for 180 days. According to court records, it was Edgerton's first DUI conviction.

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Edgerton was charged with the crime for driving intoxicated in the vicinity of Porphyry Street in Hailey on July 12. The case was investigated by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. According to a probable-cause affidavit filed by Blaine County Deputy Rene Rodriguez, Edgerton was not arrested but was issued a citation instead.

She resigned from the Hailey Police Department on July 15. Edgerton served with the Ketchum Police Department before joining Hailey police.

Edgerton is also facing two other misdemeanor charges. According to court records, she was charged on Nov. 17 with driving without privileges and possession of a "mutilated, altered or revoked" driver's license. She has pleaded not guilty to both charges. A pretrial conference in that case is scheduled for Jan. 3.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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