Meeting held to discuss incident at Whitley Co. Detention Center

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Law enforcement officials held a meeting Friday to discuss a much-publicized incident that happened over the weekend at the county jail.

The meeting was held at the Commonwealth Attorney's office, but it was not open to the public.

"That's about it. We're trying to handle this in a professional way," said Colan Harrell, Whitley County Sheriff.

Harrell said he is hoping for a quick resolution to the dispute. At the center of it is what constitutes a medical emergency.

This weekend a deputy jailer refused to admit a man who was under the influence, until he was medically cleared.

That jailer held a sheriff's deputy inside the jail and told him he couldn't leave without the suspect in his car.

The deputy let the man go just outside the sally port.

The Corbin Police Chief said his department has dealt with the same problem with the jail - a number of times in the past year.

This most recent spat with the sheriff's department is what got the Commonwealth's Attorney involved.

"They wanted an input, how to resolve the situation, and I feel comfortable that it will be," said Harrell.

Jailer Ken Mobley told Mountain News he was invited to the meeting but had another meeting and could not attend. He said he is committed to resolving the situation as well.

We're told another meeting between county-wide law enforcement officials has been planned, but a date has not been set.

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