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By BOB WHITE email@example.com
ELIZABETHTOWN – Two men with repeated convictions for driving under the influence were among 17 people indicted by a Hardin County grand jury Friday.
According to indictments against them, Robert J. Robinson Jr., 45, and James Oakley Campbell, 50, drove while impaired by alcohol for the fourth or greater offense earlier this year in two separate incidents within Hardin County.
The offense Robinson and Campbell are charged with is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years imprisonment.
The alleged incident involving Robinson, according to his indictment, occurred Jan. 1 while he drove under the influence of alcohol on North Dixie Highway and Johnson Road.
Open container and operating a vehicle while license is revoked or suspended, both non-felony charges, also were brought against Robinson through the indictment.
Radcliff Police Department’s Sgt. Mac Slack is the investigating officer in Robinson’s case.
No warrant was issued for Robinson’s arrest upon indictment. Jail records show him being arrested Jan. 1 and having been released from the Hardin County Detention Center after posting a $5,000 bond.
The alleged incident involving Campbell involved a crash from which he fled, according to the indictment against him.
The indictment states on March 27, Campbell was driving under the influence of alcohol when he struck a vehicle occupied by two passengers and a driver on New Glendale Road.
Along with the felony DUI, fourth or greater offense charge, Campbell also was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment – one count for each of the passengers in the vehicle police say Campbell collided with.
The indictment also charges him with leaving the scene of the accident, in addition to a persistent felony offender charge.
Elizabethtown Police Department detective Pete Chytla notes on his recommendation for indictment that Campbell’s prior felony stemmed from another DUI, fourth or greater offense, charge and its subsequent conviction.
A warrant was issued for Campbell’s arrest upon the Friday indictment. Bond was set at $10,000 by 9th Circuit Judge Ken Howard.
Others indicted Friday, and the charges against them, are as follows:
All charges listed are felonies unless otherwise noted.
An indictment by a grand jury is not proof of guilt or innocence but a finding by a majority of grand jurors that evidence against a defendant exists which is substantial enough to pursue a criminal case in Circuit Court. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.