Shocking Video: Jail Inmate Choked And Sprayed With Mace

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Three Mason County Jail employees have resigned after a violent altercation with an inmate.

Darwin Irwin was choked and maced by a deputy jailer early this week while being booked in on an alcohol intoxication charge. Surveillance video shows Irwin yelling at and threatening deputy jailers. That led to a physical altercation in which he was assaulted.

The head jailer Gerald Curtis feels his former employees went too far and asked them to resign.

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  • by mike Location: maytown on Dec 1, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    i think the kid got off lucky,you can tell he lacked something in his upbringing.if i saw my son acting that way,and i have. i am not taking his side.worse things than that happen every day in jail.if you want to report the news check and see what kind of pull his family has.thats how it works everywhere,who are the jails full of???? poor people.
  • by KY Deputy on Dec 1, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    I do understand the pressures that these officers are under daily, however they overreacted to an otherwise routine situation. It is difficult for the man to be physically combative(which would have been grounds for physical restraint) when he was hand-cuffed. The two officers displayed behavior(ie. language, etc.) that was extremely unbecoming of an officer. If they couldn't handle the situation properly perhaps they need to find a new line of work.
  • by Charlie Location: Lexington on Dec 1, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    Resign? Give them a pay raise. The punk was interfering with their duties.
  • by ron on Nov 30, 2008 at 11:24 PM
    TO Bob, just how many confrontations have you had with someone under the influence. You cant judge these jailers until you have seen what they have, maybe then you would change your outlook. If you cant handle drinking responsibly, then dont drink at all
  • by glenn Location: mason county on Nov 30, 2008 at 07:49 PM
    It seems the officers over-reacted[choking] but ya got to remember the pressures they face on a daily basis...they maybe deserved a suspension...but not resigning
  • by John Location: Lexington on Nov 30, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    to "SAM" So now that you dumb idiot can't handle his liqueur all of us mature normal people who drink shouldn't be legally allowed to. People are the idiots, not alcohol. I refuse to let a few bad apples ruin something that I enjoy. If you don't like alcohol maybe you should just live in a freakin cave and never come out. I love how people latch onto one aspect of the story and try to make it all about that. The point of this story is that this man was being unruly and ended up getting abused.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2008 at 11:40 AM
    If you mess with a bull, you get the HORNS!
  • by Candy on Nov 30, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    theres a name for people who love to hurt other people.Its called Ky Democrats.Post office democrats living off the hard work of others, and inflecting pain where ever possible.
  • by robert Location: winchester on Nov 29, 2008 at 10:01 PM
    maybe someday one of you that are bad mouthing the drunk kid will be in his situation or even your child then see who cries foul,i worked in a detention center for 5 years and when intoxicated individuals became unruly they were put in the drunk tank to sober up and 9 out of 10 would apologize before they left.
  • by Teresa Location: Harlan on Nov 29, 2008 at 08:24 PM
    These Deputy Jailers Done What They Had To Do......Don,t Give Them A Hard Time They Already Have A Dangerouse Enough Job...I Don,t See Why They Lost Their Job....They Should Be Respected.


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