Deputy’s trial postponed
The trial of a Washington County Deputy charged with a school bus stop-arm violation has been continued to January. Deputy Kirk Bailey was charged with the violation on Nov. 12. His trial was originally set for Wednesday but that has been postponed to Jan. 14.
The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office has been assigned to Bailey’s case since Washington County Attorney Larry Brock cited a conflict of interest. According to court records, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office requested to postpone the trial because it had another trial scheduled for Wednesday. Court records show that Bailey did not object to the continuance.
Bailey is entitled to a jury trial although he has not requested one so he will be tried by a judge.
On Nov. 26, Bailey pleaded not guilty to committing a school bus stop-arm violation on Nov. 12. On Nov. 16, Brock filed a motion indicating his conflict of interest in the matter. Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille and Assistant Jefferson County Attorney Pat McAvan were assigned to the case three days later.
According to the court reports, a Washington School District bus driver reported on Nov. 12 he was stopped in the 400 block of South Ninth Avenue in Washington at about 7:16 a.m. to pick up a student. He reported that at the time he looked out the windshield of the bus and saw a sheriff’s car coming toward the bus that was not slowing down to stop. He said that he looked directly at the vehicle as it passed and proceeded on. The report said that Bailey was not looking at the bus driver, but appeared to be looking down at the computer in the vehicle. The estimated speed of travel was reported to be 20 mph. The report said the stop arm and stop lights were activated.
Washington School District transportation director Woody Harden said that the information from the bus driver and the on-board camera video were given to the Washington Police Department. Standard procedure is for the bus driver to get the license number and as much information about the vehicle and driver as they can. Harden said the driver had recognized Bailey.