By Ron Lee
Deputy Shane W. Jones
WA - On December 8, witnesses saw a truck, running on rims only
on its driver-side, driving down the wrong side of Highway 97 near Brewster,
before being stopped by a Brewster Police Officer. Inside the vehicle
was Shane W. Jones, a 46-year-old Okanogan County Deputy Sheriff, who
nearly fell down when getting out of his vehicle. Reports state Jones'
eyes were bloodshot and he spoke to the officer with slurred speech.
He had been driving his personal
truck and was not on-duty at the time of the incident, which was reported
shortly after midnight by another driver.
While he declined a field
sobriety test, a warrant was issued by a Okanogan County judge and blood
was drawn for testing at Three Rivers Hospital which showed no alcohol
in his system. Instead, the blood sample tested positive for Alprazolam,
otherwise known as Xanax, a powerful central nervous system depressant
used to treat anxiety disorders. It can be highly addictive.
Jones has been placed on
paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation by the county's
insurance risk pool and hearings, to be conducted by the under-sheriff.
According to one report, the hearings will, "determine if Jones
broke any of his agency's policies or procedures, and if discipline
Okanogan Co. Sheriff
One thing is certain,
this isn't the first time Jones has been in trouble for being behind
the wheel inebriated. In 2006, Jones was fired by Okanogan County Sheriff
Frank Rogers for what has been described as belligerence, and lying
about a gun being in his vehicle to a trooper who had pulled him over
on the suspicion of driving under the influence. During that event,
Jones' blood alcohol was registered as a 0.15, with 0.08 being the legal
limit. According to reports, the DUI charge was deferred and five years
Jones was apparently reinstated
to his deputy position after an arbitrator determined the firing was
to tough a penalty. Jones was awarded almost $200,000 in back pay and
One has to wonder
if there is any justice in Okanogan County...
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