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Couple’s birthday celebration ends with trip to jail

Clayton Duane Langley

Clayton Duane Langley

A couple had been out at a bar celebrating the woman’s birthday. Then officers spotted his vehicle driving left of center. Actually they said he was heading west in an eastbound lane in Bloomfield. He failed sobriety testing then raised a ruckus while his girlfriend allegedly screamed “I’m going to jail too.” They both got to go.

Clayton Duane Langley, 27, of Worthington, and Kristin Danielle Hart, 23, of Bloomfield, were both arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 23, after celebrating Hart’s June 22 birthday.

Around 1:40 a.m., Greene County Dispatch got a call about a reckless driver. Bloomfield Deputy Marshal Jordan Allor responded to the area in Bloomfield along with Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Heather Wood and Sgt. Bobby Pierce. Deputy Davis Aerne and Reserve Deputy Just later responded to assist.

In probable cause affidavits prepared by Deputy Wood, she said they spotted the vehicle on Spring Street driving left of center. Lights and sirens. She said officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and Langley immediately said he had been at a bar drinking.

A records check revealed Langley had been issued an Indiana identification card but his drivers license was suspended.

Langley was asked to step outside his vehicle and Sgt. Pierce administered standard field sobriety tests but Langley did not pass any and said he would consent to a chemical test.

Deputy Wood reported that when Langley was handcuffed and in a patrol vehicle, he began screaming and yelling then repeatedly banged his head off the patrol car window. He was removed from the vehicle to prevent him from harming himself or the equipment. But then he tried to break loose and began kicking, still screaming loudly and cursing at officers.

Kristin Danielle Hart

Kristin Danielle Hart

As this fuss was going on, Wood said Hart, who was still in Langley’s vehicle, started screaming at officers, said “I’m going to jail too,” and was getting out to go toward Langley. She was advised to stay in the vehicle but she kept attempting to get out – they held her door shut and she continued to yell.

Langley was taken to jail but was reportedly unruly on the way and disruptive to staff at the jail.

When a tow truck arrived to tow Langley’s vehicle, then Hart refused to get out of the vehicle, began yelling again, this time saying “Just take me to jail.” She was taken into custody and booked in to jail by Deputy Wood.

When Hart appears for her initial hearing, she will be charged with refusal to aid an officer, a Class B misdemeanor.

When Langley appears for his initial hearing, he will be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor; operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.