CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - He makes a living representing the people who run Floyd County. Now, the prominent Indiana attorney is in trouble with the law.
Rick Fox, 58, is charged with Operating While Intoxicated after an Indiana State Police trooper pulled him over on Green Tree Boulevard around 10 p.m. Thursday. The trooper said Fox had a blood alcohol level of .15, twice the legal limit.
Fox's attorney Larry Wilder said Fox was at Roosters in Clarksville watching the Indiana University basketball game with a group of friends.
The probable cause affidavit states the trooper watched Fox pull out of the restaurant parking. As soon as Fox got onto Green Tree Boulevard he hit the concrete barrier, but kept going. The report states the trooper then turned around to follow and saw Fox cross the fog line. That's when he was pulled over.
"What happened was he was there longer than anticipated," said Wilder. "He didn't realize how much he had to drink while he was there for that period of time and left and did not take into consideration the time and what he had done and whether the prudent thing to do was drive home."
Fox is a private attorney in Indiana who also represents the Floyd County Commissioners, Solid Waste Board and New Albany Township Fire District. WAVE 3 reached out to all those agencies for comment. Solid Waste Board President Mark Seabrook said he was aware of the arrest, but hadn't seen the report or spoken to Fox so he didn't want to make a comment.
In 2008, Fox ran for Floyd County judge. Before that, he was New Albany's city attorney and even represented the New Albany Police Merit Commission.
"I hope for him and I would encourage (his clients) to look as his body of work as a lawyer and not his single mistake that he is going to take his bumps and lumps and move on," said Wilder.
As part of taking responsibility for what happened, Wilder said Fox will accept the punishment that would be typical for anyone else facing their first ever offense.
Fox is set to be arraigned in Clark County Monday.