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Animal Control Officer charged with DUI following crash into house

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Georgetown Police are investigating a crash involving a Scott County vehicle and a house. Animal Control Officer Leitha Burton was charged with DUI following the incident. She says someone else was behind the wheel during the accident.

The incident happened just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday. According to the property owners, the crash caused more than $30,000 worth of damage.

Following the crash, Burton was questioned and arrested at the scene. The arrest citation says Burton had several drinks earlier that day. Burton used the county's truck to pick up a woman. The women went fishing before returning to Burton's home. The women left the house in the truck, but this time, the woman was driving. Burton says the woman crashed into the house on East Showalter Drive. That woman left the scene before police arrived.

Police say Burton was charged with DUI because she admitted to drinking and driving, and because she smelled of an alcoholic beverage and was unsteady on her feet.

An investigation is underway to determine who was driving.

Captain Robert Swanigan says more charges could be filed.

"There was significant damage to two vehicles and also the home. We are looking at least at a high misdemeanor or felony criminal mischief," said Swanigan.

It's expected to take six to eight weeks to repair the damaged home.

Burton was on-call that evening. Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby says Burton won't be disciplined without a conviction and her use of county property will be examined.


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