Jail officer arrested on intimidation charge

A Jackson County jailer has lost his job in the wake of an incident Sunday night in which police say he threatened his wife with a gun.

The incident that led to the arrest of David E. Drake, 36, of Brownstown, occurred during a domestic dispute that followed his wife returning home from work with the couple’s children, county officer Jeff Walters said.

The wife recorded at least some of that dispute, which Walters said he listened to before deciding to arrest Drake on felony charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon and pointing a firearm.

The weapon involved in the incident was a service weapon Drake carried as a jailer, Walters said.

It was seized along with the rest of the weapons in the home, he said.

Walters said the dispute was part of some ongoing issues between the couple.

Drake, a 10-year civilian employee of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, has been fired in light of the incident, Lt. Andy Wayman said.

Because of his position as a former jailer, Drake was not placed into the general population of the jail and is being held in isolation at the jail in Brownstown, Wayman said. Drake was once a sergeant but had given that position up a few years ago, he said.

Drake was booked into the jail at 11:43 p.m. Monday and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

Intimidation with a deadly weapon is a Level 5 felony charge, punishable by one to six years in prison upon conviction. The pointing a firearm is a Level 6 felony, punishable by six months to 2½ years in jail upon conviction.

Others assisting with the investigation and arrest are county officers, Rick Meyer and Jesse Hutchinson, jail commander Charlie Murphy and county Reserve Officer Tyler Goodpaster.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.