Judge Ends Yavapai County Sheriff Probation Early

A federal judge has ended the probation short for Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes, who pleaded guilty to operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol. The move cuts the sheriff’s probation early.

Rhodes, a Republican first-term sheriff is a 30-year veteran of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. He received a year of supervised probation in December for misdemeanor offenses at Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border. Rhode’s attorney Stephen Glazer, filed a request this week to cut the sentence short.

Last year, Rhodes was drinking while boating with his family at the lake.  Someone else in his group was operating the boat. Later in the day, friends operating another boat had trouble docking. Reports show Rhodes agreed to help in the effort by making at least three attempts to dock the boat. He damaged two other vessels in the process.

Rhodes received two citations, one for operating a boat under the influence and another for operating with a blood-alcohol content of at least 0.08%. Rhodes issued a statement acknowledging wrongdoing days after the incident and said it’s a decision he deeply regrets.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Camille Bibles signed an order Thursday, agreeing to end Rhodes’ time on probation. The federal prosecutor did not object to the request.

Glazer said Rhodes has not broken the law since he was cited last August. Rhodes also has maintained contact with the probation department, completed an alcohol awareness class and has paid all fines.

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