Henry County constable allegedly stole drugs from EMS

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By Taylor Riley

Henry County Constable Richard W. Jaehnigen was arrested Jan. 2 by the Kentucky State Police on a warrant issued from the Henry County District Court.

The constable, who serves District 4, was charged with burglary, second degree, and illegal possession of a prescription drug.

Kentucky State Police Officer Leland Farris stated in a criminal complaint that  Jaehnigen entered the Henry County EMS building, 716 S. Property Road, New Castle, on Dec. 24 and took two sodium chloride syringes, 10 units of diphendramine, seven units of promethazine and one blue tourniquet.

KSP received a 911 call Dec. 24 reporting the driver of a white BMW possibly under the influence. Farris responded to the call and confirmed the registration of the vehicle belonged to Jaehnigen.

KSP then received a second call from a Henry County EMS employee reporting that Jaehnigen walked into EMS and appeared to be under the influence. According to the report, he went into the supply closet and stole several syringes of phenergan and promethazine before leaving the building in his white BMW.

Trooper Farris located  Jaehnigen at his Fallen Timber Road address, inside the bathroom, visibly under the influence. The stolen prescriptions empty inside a trashcan next to him.

Jaehnigen told Farris that he was inside the EMS building earlier in the day and that he took the medication found inside the trashcan from the EMS building.

Jaehnigen was transported to Baptist Health in La Grange for medical treatment.

Jaehnigen is an EMT with Henry County EMS and a Henry County constable. Jaehnigen, a Democrat, ran unopposed in the November 2018 election.

The criminal complaint said he did not have authorization to have the prescription drugs taken from the building. He was arrested and released from jail on a $1,000 unsecured bond and will be arraigned in court on Jan. 16.