ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - He’s supposed to enforce the law but investigators say a central Kentucky police officer broke the law instead.
They say he vandalized a neighborhood and caused hundreds of dollars in damage.
WKYT’s Jordan Vilines spoke with folks living in that neighborhood who say they were shocked when they heard that the “vandal” was a cop:
Tucked away among Rowan County's rolling mountains sits a neighborhood considered quiet--until the other night. That's when residents had a run in with an unwelcome and unexpected visitor.
“My neighbor has a mailbox over there and I guess he ripped that apart and took the plastic thing and started beating stuff with it. I said ‘hey I’m going to call the cops’ and he said ‘call the cops, call the cops,’” said Skylar Lakin, who lives nearby.
Little did Lakin know, he was a cop. A few minutes later, Morehead Police showed up and arrested Flemingsburg Police Sergeant Lionel Aaron Workman. He was charged with alcohol intoxication and criminal mischief.
Some folks living in Roger’s Village Mobile Home Park near Morehead say they actually witnessed Workman tearing up the mailboxes in the middle of the night.
"This mailbox was pushed over on the side out of the hole which has concrete on the bottom of it and has a still pole running down into the concrete,” said Eva Hutchinson, whose mailbox was damaged.
According to the arrest citation, Workman broke eight mailboxes, a handicap ramp and several lights-- causing $801 in damages.
After his arrest, neighbors say Workman apologized but they're still on the fence about forgiving a man who they thought would protect them but instead, ending up damaging their property.
“Cops are supposed to be held to a higher standard than that,” Lakin said.
Workman is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Rowan County District Court.
The Flemingsburg Police Chief told the Morehead News that Workman has been suspended without pay and has been reduced in rank.