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UPDATE - Lackey suspends campaign, apologizes

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Sheriff's candidate charged with OWI

By Vince Luecke

(Updated Thursday, 11:35 a.m.) BRANCHVILLE - A day after his arrest on a charge of drunk driving, Indiana conservation officer and candidate for Perry County Sheriff Joe lackey apologized for his actions and said he would suspend his campaign while dealing with personal issues.

"I'm not going to actively campaign for now," Lackey said in a phone call to The News Thursday morning. He was released from the Spencer County Jail Wednesday night, where he was taken after being arrested in Tell City by part-time sheriff's deputy Roger Smith.

Lackey admitted his actions disappointed family, friends, supporters and the community.

"I want to apologize for what happened and I'm going to ask for privacy to deal with the issues at hand," he said. "I want to take time to do that."

It's unlikely Lackey can formally withdraw from the race for sheriff and his name will appear on May's primary-election ballot. County Clerk Jean Schulthise said the deadline for candidates to withdraw was Feb. 22.

Lackey had actively campaigned for sheriff since filing for the office in January. He held a hog roast last Friday and the event drew supporters.

Also seeking the office of sheriff are Lee Chestnut, Lynn Wooldridge and Bill Schroeder. All are Democrats.

(Original story, posted Wednesday afternoon) TELL CITY - Joe Lackey, a candidate for Perry County Sheriff, was himself behind bars Wednesday afternoon after his arrest for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Lackey, a veteran conservation officer who filed for sheriff in January, was taken to the Tell City Police Department by part-time sheriff's deputy Roger Smith.

Smith, who is a full-time Tell City patrolman but works part-time for the sheriff's department, said he approached Lackey after receiving a report that he may be intoxicated and driving.

Lackey, one of four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, was taken into custody at 23rd and Jefferson streets.

Reached by phone around 4 p.m. in Owensboro, Ky., Sheriff Bob Glenn said Lackey would be taken to another jail because his wife, Kathie, is the jail commander at Perry County.  

Smith said Lackey was going to be taken to Spencer County. Lackey's blood-alcohol concentration measured .15 percent, Smith said. No other information was available at press time.

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