Yarber pleads guilty to DUI
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jun 12, 2013 | 1814 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Bradley County 5th District Commissioner Jeff Yarber pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bradley County General Sessions Court after he was arrested in December on suspicion of drunk driving.

Yarber agreed to having his driver’s license revoked for one year, but with a special restriction which will still allow him to drive providing he has an ignition interlock device, or IID, installed in his vehicle, according to Brooklyn Townsend, prosecuting attorney for the 10th Judicial District.

Yarber was fined $350 plus costs and was ordered to serve 48 hours in jail, less time served after his initial arrest. The judgment agreed upon will become final June 25.

Yarber must also attend a DUI course, according to Townsend.

Townsend said the ignition interlock device restriction regarding Yarber’s plea is a “win-win situation” for public safety.

A new law goes into effect July 1, which could also require cameras to be installed in DUI offenders’ vehicles.

Interlock devices are installed to make sure drivers convicted of DUI cannot start their vehicles. Cameras will ensure that someone else is not bypassing the system by “blowing” into the interlock device to fool the ignition system to allow an inebriated driver to pilot the vehicle.

Former Cleveland Police Officer Tyler Pride was dispatched to APD 40 after reports were received that evening of a black Dodge Challenger heading the wrong direction.

Pride found the vehicle matching the description.

He reportedly knocked on the driver’s-side window and noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle after the window was opened.

He identified the suspect as Yarber who told the officer he “had just stopped there to rest.”

Pride performed a number of standardized sobriety tests which Yarber reportedly failed, according to his report.

Yarber was taken into custody and transported to the Bradley County Jail.

His Blood Alcohol Content was .12, according to Pride.

Yarber was represented by attorneys Ken Miller and James Logan.

He issued a statement to the Cleveland Daily Banner this morning regarding his plea agreement.

“With great humility, I have acknowledged my responsibility for an act which is unacceptable. I pledge to my constituents and the county, as a whole, that I have and will continue to work diligently to perform my duties and do what is best for our community. I am thankful for the prayers and support which I have received. Those who know me know that I have redoubled my efforts to be an informed commissioner who does what I truly believe is right. I have done so in this instance. It is only right to admit my mistakes, pay the consequences, and be a better person for the experience,” Yarber said.