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Pulfer work release motion denied



Chad Pulfer will not be permitted to leave the Logan County Jail grounds to tend bar while he completes an 89-day incarceration for vehicular homicide, according to a ruling issued Tuesday from Logan County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Mark S. O’Connor cited the defendant’s previous drunk driving and public intoxication convictions as reasons for denying the motion, which, if granted, would have permitted Mr. Pulfer to work five days a week at the Main Street Tavern in Belle Center.

“The defendant has a number of medical issues which are probably not helped by the consumption of alcohol,” the judge wrote in his decision. “On the night of the accident, according to the defendant and several witnesses, the defendant had two or three beers.

“He had no memory of the event; he even thought he was on a different road.”

Objecting to the motion during last week’s hearing, assistant prosecutor Dan LaRoche pointed to a discrepancy between the number of hours Mr. Pulfer worked at the bar before his arrest, and the number of hours spelled out in the work release motion.

A presentence investigation referred to the defendant as a “part-time, on-call bartender,” but the work release request would have given him a 35-hour-per-week schedule.

Mr. Pulfer was sentenced to 90 days in jail and credited with one day at a Sept. 5 sentencing hearing for the death of Martha Miller in December.

His driver’s license was suspended for five years and Mr. Pulfer was placed on two years’ community control and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs.

“The court will continue to confer with the defendant’s (Adult Parole Authority) supervisor to determine what is appropriate employment of the defendant,” Judge O’Connor concluded.

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