Special Prosecutor Requested for Deputy DUI

Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton has requested a special prosecutor to handle the case involving Wood County Deputy Cory Six. On the night of March 4, while off duty, Six was involved in a pursuit that exceeded speeds of 120 miles per hour. He admitted he had been drinking.

Four days later, an arrest warrant was issued for Six for the incident. But, in the meantime, the deputy fled to California where he is said to be in a rehabilitation facility. Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt said he will not take administrative action while Six is in rehab.

The troubled officer is the son of longtime county clerk Jamie Six and is being represented by attorney Harry Deitzler.

Cory Six was sworn in as a deputy in August 2011. In March 2012, Six was involved in the shooting death of Jody Wilson in Lubeck. Wilson fired on three deputies, including Six, and the three returned fire killing the suspect. Six months later a grand jury found that the law enforcement officers acted within the scope of their authority.

Today, Wharton told RCNN why a special prosecutor is necessary in this case of drunken speeding.

“We represent the Sheriff in disciplinary hearings before the deputy sheriff civil service commission,” Wharton said. “Given the dual role of handling the employment side of the issue it may create a conflict with regard to the criminal prosecution.”

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley, Lyons' first book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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