Court documents reveal arrested deputy’s state of mind — (Wood TV 8)

SSRI Ed note: Sheriff's deputy separates from wife, gets "cocktail" of meds inc;l antidepressants, starts to drink, threatens ex, is suicidal, in speed chase, standoff.

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Wood TV 8

Posted: April 1, 2008 10:36 PM CDT   Updated: April 1, 2008 11:13 PM CDT

By Marc Thompson

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — Court documents reveal an Allegan County sheriff’s deputy is potentially a danger to himself and others, after winding up on the wrong side of the law, not once, but three times.

It is a story 24 Hour News 8 broke Monday night. As we dug deeper into court records, it appears Kevin Haan may have been on the verge of a breakdown.

Haan was first arrested March 4 for allegedly making threatening phone calls to his estranged wife. He was released on bond, but with conditions, including not consuming alcohol and having no further contact with his spouse.

But according to court documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8, Haan violated those conditions by calling his wife again on March 13. He also admitted to drinking a half pint of vodka and blowing a 0.18 alcohol level.

Haan told his wife he was considering checking himself into Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids.

His wife told police “he should not be on the streets.” She feared Haan may “try and kill himself…have an accident…or hurt her.”

Haan told deputies he “could not go on.”

Officers in his own department arrested him for a second time for violating an unknown condition of the bond.

Then came arrest number three on March 24. This time Haan was apparently drunk behind the wheel of his car in Barry County, crossing the centerline on M-37, according to a police report. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

Haan told the arresting officer he “was having marital problems.” He again admitted to drinking a half pint of vodka.

Haan said he was on a cocktail of prescription medication for depression and bipolar disorder.

Haan is on unpaid administrative leave while a review board looks into his future with the department.

Sheriff’s officials told 24 Hour News 8 all employees have access to mental health assistance through Help Net, a firm in Kalamazoo. Officials would not confirm for us, however, whether Haan sought that assistance.