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Assistant AG On 24/7 Program After Arrest

May 23, 2012, 5:58 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Assistant AG On 24/7 Program After Arrest
Doug Barnett

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

One of South Dakota's top prosecutor's is in trouble with the law for driving drunk.

Assistant South Dakota Attorney General Doug Barnett was picked up for DUI in Yankton County on Sunday.

While Barnett hasn't been in court to face the charge yet, he is already being punished. Right now, he's not getting paid while serving a 30-day suspension following his weekend arrest.

He's been at Attorney General Marty Jackley's side during some of South Dakota's most high-profile cases.

Barnett helped with the prosecution of prison inmates Eric Robert and Rodney Berget when they were given the death penalty after killing a correctional officer during their failed prison escape last year.

Barnett was picked up just after two in the afternoon Sunday by the South Dakota Highway Patrol in Yankton County. He was not only cited for DUI, but also for having an open container in his vehicle.

The South Dakota Attorney General's Office only released an emailed statement on the incident:  "We can confirm that an employee from the AG's office has been arrested for DUI first offense while off duty. Any criminal matter will be handled as with any other case."

While not directly identifying the employee, the Attorney General's Office also said in the statement that Barnett has already been disciplined by their office.

"In addition, there has been adverse employment action as well, including work suspension without pay for 30 days."

The office is also requiring Barnett to take part in the 24/7 sobriety program, a program that was started and is administered by the Attorney General's Office.

Charges haven't officially been filed by the Yankton County State's Attorney but the Highway Patrol confirmed the arrest and the Yankton County Clerk of Courts says a court date has been scheduled for June 20.

Barnett did not respond to an email request for comment.

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