Yarber court date in March
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 12, 2012 | 1585 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A March 14 court date has been set for 5th District Bradley County Commissioner Jeff Yarber after he waived arraignment Tuesday on a suspicion of DUI charge which he was arrested for last week.

Yarber said today that he will continue to work with authorities regarding the allegation and arrest.

Records at the Bradley County Judicial Complex indicated he posted a $1,000 bond after being incarcerated at the Bradley County Jail.

Cleveland Police officer Tyler Pride arrested Yarber around midnight Thursday after 911 dispatchers sent Pride to the area of APD 40 after there were reports about a driver heading in the wrong direction on the Cleveland bypass, according to his report.

Pride administered three Standard Field Sobriety tests.

According to the affidavit signed by Pride, “Based on the multiple calls to dispatch about his driving and the performance on the Standard Field Sobriety Tests, also that it took me only two minutes to arrive on the scene after being dispatched to the call and finding him, I felt that he was the person that they were calling in on and he was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. He was placed in custody and read the implied consent form and he consented to a breath test.”

After being transported to the Bradley County Jail, Pride noted in his affidavit Yarber’s blood-alcohol result was .12. Tennessee’s BAC limit is 0.08.

Yarber has represented the 5th District for 11 years.

“I will continue to work with authorities. I have been humbled by the calls of support I have received. I believe when all is said and done that there will be a positive outcome,” Yarber said today.

“I have represented and will continue to represent members of my district and Bradley County to the best of my ability,” he added.

Yarber is on a number of County Commission committees and has two mayoral appointments.

According to Louie Alford, Commission chair, Yarber is a member of the Law Enforcement, Juvenile, and Buildings and Land committees and mayor’s appointments include the Joint City/County Education Committee and Misdemeanor Probation Advisory Board.

Yarber is also the vice chairman of the Bradley County Commission.

“He is an elected official,” said Alford.

“Crystal Freiberg, the county attorney, will be involved if he (Yarber) is found guilty, to interpret the state statutes regarding elected officials,” Alford added.