Court date set for off-duty trooper arrested in DUI |

Court date set for off-duty trooper arrested in DUI

Staff Report

An off-duty Nevada Highway Patrol trooper is required to appear in East Fork Justice Court on June 25 after he was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a minor accident at Jacks Valley Road and Bavarian.

Sgt. Rich Bailey, 38, of Carson City was taken into custody 4 p.m. June 1 after Douglas County deputies responded to the accident.

According to Sgt. Tom Mezzetta of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Bailey said he was heading north on Jacks Valley Road from Genoa when he evaded a red pickup stopped in the eastbound travel lane.

Bailey went off the road and laid his motorcycle down.

Deputies arriving at the scene found Bailey’s motorcycle on its side and another motorcycle parked down the road. Bailey was taken into custody after deputies smelled alcohol. Another motorcyclist, Hugo Depaz of Gardnerville, 41, was also arrested for DUI.

Bailey is an 11-year veteran of the Highway Patrol.

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Bailey’s commanding officer, Maj. Tony Almaraz, said Bailey received minor injuries in the accident.

Bailey has been placed on administrative duty until both the criminal investigation and administrative issues have been resolved.

“As a state employee, he has the right to due process,” Almaraz said.

Almaraz said Bailey was as responsible for his actions as any other motorist.