Prosecutors investigate wrongful arrest in Clark County

Prosecutors investigate wrongful arrest in Clark County

Prosecutors investigate wrongful arrest in Clark County

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 4:19 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)--  Indiana prosecutors are investigating two Clark County court employees who allegedly broke the law by conducting an improper drug arrest.

Sources report the case is under a review by the prosecutor because the employees do not have arresting powers.

The WHAS11 i-Team has been uncovering the details of the story throughout the week.

This is what's known as drug court in Clark County Indiana.  Those who have been arrested for drug use can go through this court, complete a program and have their record expunged.  Cody Hendrick is in the program and a warrant was issued for his arrest for a violation.

Hendrick told WHAS11 reporter, Renee Murphy, there was no law enforcement officer present during his arrest.

Hendrick said Susan Knoebel and Jeremy Snelling came to his job at Rocky's on the river this fall to arrest him.

Knoebel was the director of drug court and Snelling was the bailiff - neither have arresting powers.

Hendrick said the two court employees asked him to “turn around and put your hands behind your back.”

“They put me in their car and then they drove me to the jail,” Hendrick said.

Henrick's booking sheet indicated the arrest was made at the jail - Hendrick said that is not true.

The Clark County Sheriff Department is listed as the arresting agency and Snelling is listed as the arresting officer, but Snelling does not work for the sheriff's department and does not have arresting power.

"It wasn't going to help me to be like, ‘you can't handcuff me.’  I just kind-of went along with it.  They just showed up at my work when they told me to come and meet them at the courthouse, but it was pretty surprising," Hendrick said.

Hendrick said Indiana State Police came to Rocky's to interview him.

Sources reported the case is now being reviewed by prosecutors.

Snelling and Knoebel were suspended a day after our investigation aired, earlier this week.

"It was determined by the judge as well as the chief judge that it would be in the best interest of the program itself to suspend those employees indefinitely to make sure the integrity of the drug court program is maintained," said Larry Wilder, an attorney responsible with representing the Clark County Drug Court

Snelling and Knoebel have not been able to be contacted.  They are suspended without pay.
 

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