MARTIN COUNTY — A Martin County deputy has resigned after being arrested on alcohol charges.

Martin County deputies report former sheriff’s deputy Robert Lents, 39, Loogootee, was arrested around midnight on Monday.

Sheriff Travis Roush says Lents was stopped near the intersection of Rhinehart and Cherry roads on suspicion of drunk driving.

Lents was taken to the Martin County jail where he reportedly blew a 0.108% on the breathalyzer. He was then booked into the jail and later posted a $300 bond.

Roush says that Lents was off duty at the time of the arrest, but he was driving a county owned sheriff’s vehicle at the time.

“The thing with law enforcement is that you are never really off duty,” said Roush. “Driving the county’s vehicle while allegedly intoxicated was not good.”

Lents was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a class 3 misdemeanor. He later submitted his resignation as a deputy to the sheriff.

Lents spent two years as a deputy with the department.

“Everybody makes mistakes,” said Roush. “This was a bad deal for everybody involved. We all just have to go forward.”

Part of the going forward will involve a search for a new deputy. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office spent weeks looking for its latest deputy, going a long time without receiving even one applicant.

We’ll open it up for candidates and hope someone good applies,” said Roush.

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