GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — An Estill County School resource officer was arrested on September 28 for a DUI charge and is currently not working at the school.
Delmer "Doug" Cole, 45, was arrested after police saw him weaving in and out of traffic in Garrard County on Stanford Street. An officer initiated the stop after seeing Cole crossing the double yellow lines twice and the fog line once.
According to the arrest citation, when police pulled him over they could smell alcohol on Cole and saw an opened pint of vodka in the passenger seat.
When Lancaster Police pulled over Estill Co.'s #SRO in a corvette Saturday, they say he smelled of alcohol & saw a open pint of vodka in the car.
When Lancaster Police pulled over Estill Co.'s #SRO in a corvette Saturday, they say he smelled of alcohol & saw a open pint of vodka in the car.— Claire Kopsky (@ClaireMKopsky) October 3, 2019
According to his citation, when asked to walk in a straight line, he fell over more than once & later became "very irate & hostile." pic.twitter.com/VZLvYF4bqe
According to the officer who arrested him, Cole was unable to walk in a straight line without falling over. He had a .283 blood alcohol content level.
Cole just started his second year as the resource officer for Estill County Schools.
The 2019-2020 school year was the second year of a program that put a school resource officer in Estill County Schools.
According to Estill County Board of Education website, his career of 22 years was with Kentucky State Police.
"Director Cole has over 22 years of law enforcement experience and recently retired from the Kentucky State Police. Several of those years Officer Cole was a road trooper serving areas including Estill County."
According to Estill County Schools Superintendent Jeff Saylor, they were made aware of the situation and because it is a personnel matter, are following due process during the court proceedings. Saylor also confirmed that Cole worked at the school.
Cole's focus was the middle and high school in Estill County. Irvine Police Department and Estill County Sheriff's Department help cover the other schools in the district.
Cole was released from the Lincoln County Jail on September 29 after he signed himself out on an $1,000 unsecured bond.
Cole is due in court in Garrard County on October 14 at 9 a.m.