Chief Kirby Issues Recommended Charges Against Cripe in Drunk Driving Case


Frankfort Fire Chief John Kirby has recommended that Frankfort Assistant Fire Chief Ed Cripe be demoted to his previous rank and pay, be suspended 30 calendar days without pay and that he agree to a drug/alcohol counseling program to be approved by the City of Frankfort through the City’s EAP Program, according to documents released Thursday by the City.

Cripe was arrested in Lebanon on October 16 at approximately 1:15 a.m. for the following:

  • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering a Person, a Class A Misdemeanor;
  • Operating a Vehicle With an ACE of .08 or More, a Class C Misdemeanor;
  • Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated, a Class C Misdemeanor;
  • Public Intoxication, a Class B Misdemeanor; and
  • Unsafe Lane Movement on Road with Two or More Lanes, a Class C Infraction.

Charging Affidavits were filed in Boone Circuit/Superior Courts and the Court entered its Order Finding Probable Cause as to each alleged violation on October 18.

Cripe has been given these charges and has five days from the receipt of this notice for a hearing before the Board of Public Works and Safety regarding Chief Kirby’s charges. Upon receipt of any request for hearing from Cripe, the Board of Public Works and Safety will have 30 days to set a hearing date.

Cripe has a bench trial in Boone County on Monday, January 3.

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