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Bullitt County jailer accused of unlawfully using blue lights to maneuver traffic

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Bullitt County jailer is accused of unlawfully activating emergency equipment on his vehicle in order to maneuver his way through traffic on Interstate 265 in Jefferson County last December.

According to a criminal complaint summons, a Louisville Metro police officer spotted Joseph C. Rapier, 45, following vehicles closely at high rates of speed in a reckless manner and weaving in and out of traffic on December 11, 2013. The officer said Rapier activated the red and blue lights inside his vehicle at least three times, causing other drivers to move out of the way in order to let Rapier pass.

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The officer ran Rapier's license plate number and learned the vehicle he was driving was privately owned, the summons states.

Rapier was pulled over at I-265 and Bardstown Road. When the officer asked Rapier if he was a police officer, he said that he was not but he identified himself as a Bullitt County jailer.

The summons says Rapier is authorized to have the blue and red lights inside his vehicle, but he cannot activate them in Jefferson County.

Rapier was cited for improper use of blue lights and reckless driving. He is expected to appear in court in March.

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