Floyd County sheriff arrested on DUI charges

STANTON, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - We're learning more about the arrest of Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn.

Jail records show Blackburn was arrested on a DUI charge Sunday night by the Stanton Police Department. Police say he was driving in his sheriff's vehicle at the time. Blackburn was booked into the jail just before 9:30 Sunday night.

Police say they received a call about a reckless driver at the 22 mile marker on the Mountain Parkway around 8:00 p.m.

Police tell us they observed the vehicle going over the center line and nearly hitting a guardrail. After pulling Sheriff Blackburn over, police say he spoke slowly, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. An officer says he also found a partially consumed fifth of vodka in the car.

According to the arrest report, Blackburn claimed he only drank water and that he was weaving because he'd been on his cell phone. Officers say Blackburn was cooperative and even took a breathalyzer test, blowing a .202. That's almost three times the legal limit. Police say he finally admitted that he came from the casino, where he did drink alcohol.

Sheriff Blackburn bonded out of jail Monday morning. The Sheriff's Office is not making any comments about it.

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