Corrections officer out of job after arrest

A corrections officer for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is out of a job after a drunk-driving arrest over the weekend.

Indiana State Police say that shortly after midnight on Friday morning, Aug. 16th, a Columbus Police officer executed a traffic stop on State Road 46. The officer reported seeing a Jeep swerving and making unsafe lane movements in the westbound lanes near Morgan Willow Trace.

Police say the driver, 42-year-old Kimberly Cruser, of Morgantown, showed signs of being intoxicated. The Columbus Police Department then requested the Indiana State Police take over the investigation after learning of Cruser’s employment with the county. An ISP trooper arrived and gave Cruser field sobriety tests, then transported her to Columbus Regional Hospital where a search warrant was served for her blood.

After the search warrant was served, Cruser was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Operating While Intoxicated (Endangerment). She was also cited for an Open Container Violation.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department says that Cruser is no longer employed there.

The investigation is ongoing.