NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio-– The chief bailiff for Shaker Heights Municipal Court was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, speed, and open container.
Jerome Sheppard was stopped by police early Saturday morning after an officer said he was speeding on 77.
When the officer went to the car, he said Sheppard handed him his driver’s license as well as his badge.
“As Sheppard was speaking to me, I smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, “ the report states. “Sheppard’s speech was also slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. Sheppard handed me a badge and advised me that he was a chief deputy bailiff for Shaker Heights Court. Sheppard advised me he was not drinking at all and wanted me to clear the traffic stop.”
The officer said he saw a blue cup filled with what he believed to be alcohol.
“I asked Sheppard what was in the cup and he replied “Red Bull.” I asked Sheppard to hand me over the cup. I smelled an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from it,” the report states.
Sheppard refused to take a test to determine if he had been drinking alcohol. He was arrested.
We were unable to reach Sheppard.
He has been placed on a paid suspension. He is due in Garfield Municipal Court soon to face the charges.