ABC Employee On Leave After Drunken Driving Arrest

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state spokesman says a Kentucky
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control enforcement officer has been placed on leave following his arrest on drunken driving charges.
State Public Protection Cabinet spokesman Mark York says Chet
Gentry of LaGrange was put on special leave with pay Friday, pending an investigation. The ABC Web site lists Gentry as a state branch manager in the enforcement division.
York says in a release that Gentry was allegedly driving a state-owned vehicle Friday morning when he was pulled over by police in Oldham County. The release says Gentry was charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open container of alcohol and reckless driving.
Gentry is listed on the ABC Web site as one of two state branch
managers in the enforcement division. According to the site, investigators in that division have full police powers to enforce all state laws.
York said Gentry was directed to turn in his badge and ID card, keys to the vehicle, and his gun.
York was unable to provide more details. A call to the Oldham County Police Department was not immediately returned.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by JoAnn Location: Richmond on Jun 24, 2008 at 08:52 AM
    Thank you Oldham County Police Department for doing your job and not letting a state official get away with criminal behavior because of who he is. When they find this man guilty I hope that he receives the maximum sentence for his stupidity especially since he works for ABC.
  • by ME Location: pike county on Jun 22, 2008 at 11:35 AM
    HE IS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE STATE. HE SHOULD GET SOME TIME JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, NOT JUST PUT ON LEAVE BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE.
  • by H Location: KY on Jun 22, 2008 at 07:15 AM
    Why is Chet getting paid? That is crazy! He is supposed to be stopping this kind of behavior and now he gets a paid vacation while they investigate??? What the hell is there to investigate? If he was charged with DUI, open container, and wreckless driving, it seems the investigation should be over.
  • by DUI on Jun 21, 2008 at 05:27 PM
    This is so funny, the blind leading the blind. what a joke
  • by Tax payer Location: ky on Jun 21, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    Could someone explain why put an federal, state,or county employee on leave with pay for a DUI or anything else an employee does that is wrong? If you work in a factory, store or ordinary job you get fired. Those guys are getting a paid vacation instead of being punished. Wasting tax payer money. No wonder our state budget has gone to hell in a hand basket.
  • by Steve on Jun 21, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    Oh he is a liberal the news will make him a hero before its over gooday.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2008 at 05:18 AM
    Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?
  • by Linda Location: Kentucky on Jun 20, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    On leave WITH pay??

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