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DOCCS: Auburn corrections officer to lose job after DWI arrest

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A state corrections officer will no longer be employed at the Auburn Correctional Facility after he allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a telephone pole while intoxicated, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Services.

Kevin J. Baker, 54, Auburn, was charged Dec. 28 with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors. He was also charged with exposure of a person, a violation.

He has been employed with the Auburn Correctional Facility since 1985, according to DOCCS.

Baker submitted his retirement to the office of the New York State Comptroller effective Jan. 15. If his retirement is not processed by then, DOCCS requested and received his resignation effective Jan. 16, according to a DOCCS official. 

He will not be allowed into the facility until after he retires or resigns, whichever comes first, according to DOCCS.

Baker crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole at 3:12 a.m. on Dec. 28 at the corner Seymour and North streets, police said.

He was also allegedly in possession of a small amount of cocaine, and was found urinating in the roadway as police officers pulled up to the scene of the accident, police said.

Staff writer Jordyn Reiland can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or jordyn.reiland@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @JordynReiland.

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