Clermont Police Commissioner interupts arrests of nude friends
Clermont, Jan. 16 - A Crawfordsville Road house in Clermont is in the middle of yet another investigation. It involves the friends of a Clermont Police commissioner caught semi-nude.
Clermont Police Captain Brian Whittemore explains that suspects, "At the residence on Crawfordsville Road were exposing themselves."
An officer spotted the group Sunday just after midnight. Three women posed half dressed on the front porch for snapshots. The officers ordered them to dress, smelled alcohol and administered breathalyzer tests.
Eventually Commissioner Diane Tyra confronted the officer about detaining her friends and putting one of them in handcuffs.
Captain Whittemore says that he "told that officer what action he choose he would be supported 100 percent."
In the case report the officer told Commissioner Tyra the group broke the law and that they could be arrested for intoxication in a public place.
This was the same house where a Clermont Police officer recently uncovered a meth lab. It's right next door to headquarters.
The newspapers out front show the house is obviously empty.
Commissioner Tyra lives just a few feet from both the police department and where the officers found her friends half-dressed. And according to the same case report, Commissioner Tyra stated that the people are her friends and they are good people.
Commission Board President Heather Barrett says commissioners shouldn't interfere with police work. "We back off and let them do their job and we can ask later what is going on and what has happened."
But instead of ending up in a police car, the commissioner took the suspects home with her.