Warrick County attorney Rick Martin was arrested for OWI charges just days after he announced he is running for State Representative, District 75.
Martin announced his intent to run as the Republican candidate for the seat currently held by Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) just days before a traffic stop resulted in Martin being arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a refusal to submit to a blood test and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person. Martin announced his run on Tuesday, Jan. 21, but was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 23 for the OWI charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit, an Indiana State Police trooper pulled Martin over on State Road 261 in Newburgh on Thursday, Jan. 23, after watching Martin’s vehicle swerve between lanes on State Road 66. The affidavit states that the trooper could smell alcohol on Martin and he failed several field sobriety tests before blowing a BAC of .12% on a portable breath test.
“I told Mr. Martin to turn around and he started to get restless as he began to start to pace. I told him to come here and he did,” the affidavit states. “During this time Mr. Martin began to say ‘do we have to do this? I live just up the road’ as he informed me of his title.”
Martin was taken into custody and later released on his own recognizance without bond. While the Warrick County Prosecutor’s Office filed the probable cause affidavit in the case, the office has also requested a special prosecutor be assigned to the case.
It is unclear whether the charges will have any effect on Martin’s candidacy.
Bacon held the District 75 position since 2010, but announced his retirement from the state legislature on Friday, Jan. 10, citing medical reasons.
“Ron has done an excellent job representing the citizens of District 75 for the past ten years,” Martin said prior to the arrest. “He has been thoughtful in the legislation that he has proposed and voted for and has always been responsive to the needs of his constituents.”
Martin is well-known, having served on the Warrick County election board, and with roles as the GOP Chair for the 8th Congressional District and Warrick County. He has also worked as an attorney for over 20 years at Martin & Martin in Boonville.
Recently, the law office closed down at the end of 2019 so Martin could focus his energy at Martin IP Law Group, practicing intellectual property law.
“I am excited about the upcoming campaign,” Martin said. “And, if elected, look forward to serving the people of Warrick, Pike and Spencer Counties at the Statehouse next year.”