Amusement ride inspector lacked certification

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An amusement ride inspector with the
Agriculture Department worked for nearly five years without

An Open Records Act request from the Lexington Herald-Leader
( found that Doug Begley accepted a demotion
last month after Commissioner James Comer discovered the problem.

Comer requested an audit of the entire department after finding
several irregularities when he took office in January.

Department officials would not say whether they planned to
re-inspect the rides monitored by Begley.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, where a Louisville teen's feet were
severed on a ride in 2007, would not have been under Begley's
supervision. He worked out of Breathitt County and inspected rides
in Eastern Kentucky.

Begley is a distant relative of former Agriculture Commissioner
Richie Farmer. Begley could not be reached for comment.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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