State Police Dispatcher Denies Acting As Officer

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A state police dispatcher has entered not-guilty pleas to a pair of felony counts, one of them involving her illegally acting as a police officer.

Judge Marc Rosen set a December 17th trial for 39-year-old Leslie Pelphrey of Martha, some 80 miles east of Lexington.

Pelphrey was arraigned in Boyd Circuit Court on charges of impersonating a peace officer and first-degree perjury. The impersonation charge stems from an incident that occurred on June 15th. After leaving work at the Ashland state police post, Pelphrey allegedly tailed another motorist she believed to be driving erratically. When the woman pulled into the driveway of her home, Pelphrey allegedly pulled in behind her, demanded to see her driver's license and proof of insurance. She detained the woman until a police officer arrived, but the woman was never charged with a crime.

Pelphrey is free on bond and has been placed on paid leave by the state police following her indictment. She's a 14-year veteran of the agency.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by c Location: fkt on Sep 3, 2007 at 06:29 PM
    I live beside one of these dispatchers and she too thinks she is above the law! What it is with State Police? They have to obey the law, just like the rest of us! I'm not saying this one shouldn't have contacted the police, but she had no right to ask for her driver's license or anything else! Now she is on paid leave. Taxpayers loose at every turn. State Police needs a complete overhaul! I do not trust them anymore. They ALL think they are above the LAW!
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Sep 3, 2007 at 04:53 AM
    Where did it say the motorist was drunk? I saw the article when it first came out and it didn`t say she was drunk.
  • by j Location: pinevill on Sep 3, 2007 at 03:59 AM
    good job well done. give her a break some one hast to get drunks off the road might as well be her. what if the drunk had killed some one
  • by lisa Location: london on Sep 2, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    hey gomer .you stole my comment !! that is exactly what i was thinking .SHAZAM !!!!!
  • by D Location: CORBIN on Sep 2, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    TO DON IN MOREHEAD.....WELL AT LEAST THEY DIDN'T LIE TO YOU TO GET YOU OFF THE PHONE, BY SAYING WE WILL HAVE SOMEONE CHECK IT OUT. THEY TOLD YOU THE TRUTH THEY PROBABLY HAD ONLY ONE OR TWO TROOPERS OUT AND HE MORE THAN LIKELY WAS AT THE OTHER END OF THE COUNTY. DON'T GRIPE ABOUT NO ONE BEING ABLE TO COME, TO US. GRIPE TO THE KY GOV. FOR NOT HAVING MORE TROOPERS IN THE STATE. THE STATE IS ONLY ALOTED AROUND 950 TPRS IN THERE BUDGET...WHEN YOU BUST THEM UP OVER THE WHOLE STATE YOU DON'T REALY GET MUCH. THROW IN CAPTAINS,LT'S,SGT'S,AND MAJORS AND YOU HAVE EVEN LESS TROOPERS TO COVER THIS STATE.
  • by Don Location: Morehead on Aug 31, 2007 at 06:08 PM
    Powerlegal - Have you actaully ever tried to call the police when tailing a drunk driver? I called one time and it was a JOKE. They told me the nearest trooper was on the other side of the county and they could not assist me. And the drunk was going across both lanes of the road, from one birm to the other. You might be able to get some speedy po-po assistance in Lex or Lou, but in the rest of the state good luck.
  • by Powerlegal Location: Lexington on Aug 31, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    Ok. There is a proper way to detain someone who had committed a crime. You CANNOT pretend that you are a police officer and demand to see license, registration, and insurance. Why didn't this woman call the police while she was tailing the driver and then let them handle it? Because she wanted to exert her authority... which turns out she had none.
  • by Rob Location: London on Aug 31, 2007 at 06:32 AM
    What if they had killed or injured someone,it would be a whole different story.Wake up people,give her a freaking medal for doing right!!!!!!Tell us the whole story and so what she pulled in her driveway behind her.She may have kept one of your family from getting killed.
  • by Evan Location: Ashland on Aug 30, 2007 at 06:09 PM
    My wild speculation is that once the person driving "erratically" (DUI) was safely at home in their driveway, the fact they were gravely endangering the public behind the wheel of a vehicle five minutes beforehand was an "alleged" misdemeanor. I don't think citizen arrest powers are for anything but felony crimes. And the investigating officer that responded to the complaint didn't have any legal right whatsoever to make an arrest of a drunk pedestrian on private property who still had sense to keep quiet. Laying drunk around your own home isn't a crime. Policemen have to actually witness a misdemeanor being committed to arrest or ticket someone. Where is the big crime here? Who got harmed to the point where this is a FELONY case? And you know this girl has lost her career for sure. Will the legal system will end up dismissing the charges against a citizen that just attempted to do the right thing? I'll bet not.
  • by Gomer Pyle Location: Mayberry on Aug 30, 2007 at 05:44 PM
    Citizens arrest! Citizens arrest!
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