Floyd County sheriff sentenced after DUI guilty plea

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn entered an unexpected guilty plea to DUI charges Tuesday afternoon in Powell County District Court.

Blackburn will spend four days behind bars, have to pay 558 dollars in court cost and his license will be suspended for 120 days.

Blackburn was arrested on a DUI charge last month by the Stanton Police Department. Police say he was driving in his sheriff's vehicle at the time.

Police say on March 17th they received a call about a reckless driver at the 22 mile marker on the Mountain Parkway around 8:00 p.m.

Police told us last month 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.

Blackburn will serve his four day sentence at the Pike County Dentention Center.

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