Monroe County Sheriff’s Detective Relieved of Duties

(BLOOMINGTON) – A Monroe County Deputy was relieved of his duties after he totaled the department’s new SUV and refused to take an alcohol breath test.

According to Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain, Sgt. Shawn Karr was relieved of his duties in the detective division and put back on road patrol. Karr, 53, of Mitchell, has been with the department for more than 15 years.

On May 22, 2019 Lawrence County Sheriff deputies responded to a crash on State Road 37 at 10:39 p.m. According to police, Karr was traveling south on State Road 37 in the department’s new Dodge Durango SUV when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a guardrail.

Sheriff Swain asked the Lawrence County deputy to administer an alcohol breath test to Karr.

Karr refused to take it.

The Lawrence County deputy did note in his report that Karr showed no signs of being intoxicated.

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