Mario Chavez

Mario Chavez

A Franklin County Sheriff’s Office court security officer is behind bars in Carroll County following his arrest Friday.

Mario Chavez, 42, was arrested in Owen County Friday night on charges of first-degree assault, a Class B felony, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, 0.08 aggravator, first offense, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to Kentucky State Police, Chavez was driving an ATV with a 73-year-old female passenger on Old Landing Road in Monterey in southern Owen County when it crashed around 4:30 p.m. Friday. Patricia Karsner was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a few hours later.

Chavez, who was determined to be driving the ATV under the influence by an Owen County deputy responding to the accident scene, was arrested.

He was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center at 9:11 p.m. Friday. A judge has not set a bond amount.

Chavez rejoined the FCSO courthouse security division earlier this year under Sheriff Chris Quire. He was previously fired from the office by former Sheriff Pat Melton in August 2016 following a DUI arrest in Shelby County.

Quire did not respond to a request for comment.

Two months prior to his dismissal, Chavez was hailed as a hero for helping to save the life of an Administrative Office of the Courts employee who went into cardiac arrest at the courthouse.

KSP is still investigating the Owen County crash.

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