FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Allen County Councilman Paul Moss has issued a statement regarding drunk driving allegations over the weekend.
Over the last couple days, we have gotten several tips into our newsroom from viewers concerned that Moss got special treatment after an Allen County sheriff’s deputy pulled him over on suspicion of drunk driving. That’s because Sheriff Ken Fries allegedly asked responding officers to disregard and let Moss go.
Both the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call, but only one filed a report.
According to that FWPD report, the deputy pulled Moss over at 2:31 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Dupont Road and Dupont Circle.
Then at 2:51, that deputy called Fort Wayne police to help administer an OWI test.
The police report says the FWPD officer was heading to that scene, but ended up pulling over another suspected drunk driver on I-69 instead.
He wasn’t finished with that driver until 3:08 a.m. and then requested to meet with the sheriff’s deputy and Moss at the Allen County Justice Center, recently renamed the Bud Meeks Justice Center, where he could conduct the OWI test.
At 3:19, the Fort Wayne officer got to the Justice Center, but the deputy and Moss had still not left the Dupont area. That officer was then told they weren’t coming and that Sheriff Fries had issued an order to disregard the call.
Councilman Moss issued this statement Tuesday afternoon: “I take my roles as father and county councilman very seriously. I was providing a safe ride home for my daughter and her friends that morning. I willingly agreed to take the more reliable test at the Meeks Center. While waiting to do this, I did make a call to find out what was taking so long and if there was a way to expedite the process. I have tremendous faith in our law enforcement officers. If I had broken the law, they would have done their job.”
The Allen County Sheriff’s Department had no comment. Sheriff Ken Fries left this message at NewsChannel 15 Tuesday night: “I’m really not interested in talking about a non-story. Somebody calls me who is not drunk and they didn’t get arrested. The Journal-Gazette and the Fort Wayne Police Department apparently… I’m just not interested in talking about it anymore. Thanks.”