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Newton County Deputy will not be prosecuted for driving under legal limit

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Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says regardless of the City of Joplin prosecutor's decision to not pursue charges against Coon, she will continue to be suspended pending further investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.  Copeland says, "I can assure you some sort of disciplinary action will be taken," but added that the public will probably not know what disciplinary action was taken because Coon's case is a personnel issue.

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Update: (Press Release from Steven A. Hays, Attorney)

On March 20, 2016, Newton County Deputy Rachel Coon after being stopped at a Joplin Police Department DWI Checkpoint at the intersection of 7th Street and Illinois Ave., was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Deputy Coon was polite, cooperative and obeyed all demands made upon her by the Joplin Police Officers present during this arrest. Deputy Coon ultimately engaged a breathalyzer test to which she blew a .076 alcohol level. The Missouri statutory level for a prima facia driving while intoxicated case is .08. After being booked into the jail, Deputy Coon was released on her own recognizance and allowed to go home. On the morning of March 21, 2016 after reviewing the arrest and evidence available, the Joplin City Prosecutor, determined this matter had insufficient evidence to pursue and declined prosecution.

Deputy Coon acknowledges the situation she placed herself in and wants to remind all citizens that even one drink can cause a person’s blood alcohol level to reach near statutory levels. Adding, that if one desires to have a drink while outside their home it is best to have a designated driver. Deputy Coon appreciates the efforts of the Joplin Police Department to remove drunken drivers from our streets and wishes the members of all law enforcement branches safety and blessings.

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A Newton county Deputy has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
Rachel Coon was arrested as part of a DUI checkpoint conducted by the Joplin Police Department on Saturday at 7th and Illinois street. 
She is one of five people arrested as a result of the checkpoint.
Around 1,073 drivers were stopped.
According to the Newton county Sheriffs office, Coon has been suspended indefinitely for the time being.
Joplin Police and the Southwest Missouri DWI task force conducted a total of 17 field sobriety tests and made one other arrest for an outstanding warrant,
they also issued 26 warnings and 14 drivers received tickets.

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