A 28-year-old Sparta woman was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after an Aug. 24 incident in the Monroe County Jail.
A jail officer was conducting a housing check when he noticed Serena Vian laying on a mattress that was on the floor. The officer told Vian that it’s a violation of jail policy to remove mattresses from the bunk and ordered her to put it back. She refused, according to the report, and called the jailer a vulgar name.
The officer continued his check, and when he returned to Vian’s cell, she was standing on the toilet. She reportedly refused a command to step down and was observed manipulating a sprinkler head. Vian was handcuffed and transported to the jail’s segregation unit. Jail staff later confirmed that sprinkler had been bent.
In other Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news:
Jordan David Degenhardt, 25, Norwalk, was issued multiple citations for fleeing an officer Aug. 18.
According to the report, a vehicle driven by Degenhardt was westbound on Hwy. 71 shortly after midnight when it was clocked traveling 69 mph in a 55 mph zone. A deputy activated his lights and sirens during an attempt to catch up with Degenhardt’s vehicle, which reportedly reached a speed of 100 mph.
Degenhardt’s vehicle reached the village of Norwalk, where it turned south onto South Street without signaling, according to the report. Degenhardt reportedly turned his lights off and took a quick turn onto Church Street. As the deputy turned on to Church Street, Degenhardt turned his lights back on, and the deputy was able to initiate the traffic stop.
According to the report, Degenhardt admitted to turning off his lights in an effort to elude police. He told police he consumed “four or five beers.” A preliminary breath test recorded a blood-alcohol level of .085, slightly above the legal limit of .08, but the deputy didn’t believe Degenhardt was impaired based on the field sobriety test and told Degenhardt he wouldn’t be arrested for drunk driving.
Degenhardt was issued citations for fleeing an officer, speeding and operating without lights.
Tiffny F. Saylor, 30, Sparta, was referred to the district attorney for bail jumping. She is accused of violating a bond condition that requires absolute sobriety.
Courtney D. Downing, 44, Cashton, was referred to the district attorney for second-offense drunk driving after an Aug. 19 traffic stop on Interstate 90.
Police clocked a vehicle driven by Downing traveling 88 mph in a 70 mph zone shortly after 4 a.m. and initiated a traffic stop. The report says the odor of alcohol was present in the vehicle, and when Downing was asked how much alcohol she had consumed, she reportedly replied, “too much.” She told police she was trying to return home from a bar in Melvina but got lost and wound up on the Interstate.
The report says Downing failed a field sobriety test, and a preliminary breath test recorded a blood-alcohol level of .165.
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