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Hopkins Co. jail nurse accused of unlawful imprisonment of a state trooper

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New information out of Hopkins County concerning what Kentucky State Police are calling the wrongful imprisonment of a state trooper.

The encounter happened in February as the trooper tried to drop of an inmate.

The trooper, Joe Bartolotti, claims the on-duty nurse refused to accept the inmate because of medical concerns.

County Attorney Todd P'Poole says it was when the nurse started sorting through the inmate's paperwork that Trooper Bartolotti was detained.

"He had made the arrest and was trying to admit this prisoner to the jail and was wrongfully denied by the nurse and then illegally detained against his wishes," says P'Poole. "Now we're not going to let the good guys get locked up while the company advanced correctional healthcare tries to deny its legal obligations."

Hopkins County Jailer Joe Blue says the trooper was free to leave at any time, he just had to take the inmate with him.

"Evidently the person had other health issues that concerned her that cannot be treated here in the Hopkins County jail," says Blue. "We average a population of 380-400 people so that one nurse takes care of 380-400 people."

KSP have asked that the nurse be charged with a count of unlawful imprisonment.

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