Liberty man strips, tries to fight cops

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By Zach Johnson


A Liberty man is facing DUI, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest, incident exposure second degree, and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle charges after police arrested him on July 1. According to a Casey County Sheriff office report, Jody K. Padgett, 41, of Liberty, was arrested after The Casey County 911 Center received a call on Kentucky 78 about a possible intoxicated subject sitting on an ATV.

Upon officers’ arrival, they observed Padgett sitting on the ATV attempting to get it started. Officers observed an open alcoholic container on the ATV and asked Padgett if he had been drinking. He allegedly became very upset and started to attempt to fight the officer. He then went onto Kentucky 78 in the middle of the roadway, pulled his pants down exposing his genitals in front of the property owner and stated that he wanted to fight. Officers had to restrain Padgett and place him in handcuffs. Once in handcuffs, Padgett continued to talk about someone selling him a synthetic drug but would not provide any other further information. Once at the Casey County Jail he was refused due to his level of intoxication and was taken to the Casey County Hospital where he refused treatment. Officers attempted to read Padgett his implied consent while at the hospital but he continued to be disorderly and refused any tests. He was then transported back to the detention center, where he had to be placed in a restraint chair.

This is the second time in a month that Padgett has been arrested in the last month on charges involving DUI and indecent exposure/materials.

On June 3, Padgett was arrested and pleaded guilty to alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct. This after police said he was projecting porn on the outside of his mobile home. According to the police report, officers received a complaint from a neighbor who had minor children about porn being projected on a mobile home. Upon arrival the officers could see the pornographic materials on the side of the mobile home from the roadway and when talking to Padgett he had a strong smell of alcohol on him.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 10 days in jail with three to serve and a fine of $215.50 due in six months. His balances would have been conditionally suspended if he went one year with no new violations of the law.

Padgett pleaded not guilty to the charges on July 3 and has a preliminary hearing set for July 17.