Jail inmate fined for driving county truck

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By The Staff

A LaRue County jail inmate who was spotted driving a county truck while on community work release was fined for the violation, but will not have to serve extra jail time.

Bobby Council, 25, of Magnolia, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license, after  Sheriff Bobby Shoffner and Deputy Russell McCoy observed him Sept. 30 behind the wheel of a truck at the LaRue County Maintenance Garage.

McCoy, in an earlier interview, said Council, also was not wearing a required garment identifying him as an inmate. Inmates in the community works program wear a bright orange T-shirt with LCDC (LaRue County Detention Center) on the back and an identification badge.

Council moved the county truck with approval from his supervisor, according to a spokesperson for the jail, and was never in the roadway.

Council was fined $373 in LaRue District Court and the charge is probated for two years on condition he have no more traffic violations. He is serving a five-year sentence for wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading officers and attempted theft by unlawful taking after being found guilty of attempting to take an ATV from a Magnolia home in 2007. The theft was thwarted by the homeowner, who followed Council’s pickup until officers took up the pursuit.