Sheriff steps down as President of the Kentucky Sheriff's Association

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

UPDATED: 4/22/2013
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - An Eastern Kentucky law enforcement official has stepped down as the President of the Kentucky Sheriff's Association.

Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn resigned as president this past weekend.

Last month, he was charged with driving under the influence in Powell County.

Police say he appeared drunk and blew a .202 on a breathalyzer.

He entered a guilty plea and served a four day sentence in jail earlier this month.

UPDATE 6:33 p.m.

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - An eastern Kentucky sheriff who found himself on the wrong side of the law is now behind bars.

Last month Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn was arrested in Powell County accused of driving drunk, leaving some in Floyd County wondering what his punishment would be.

"I think he should be treated like every other person, sheriff or no sheriff," said Carol Boyd who lives in Floyd County.

Officers say when they pulled Blackburn over he appeared drunk but claimed he had only been drinking water. When they gave him a breathalyzer test he blew .202, nearly three times the legal limit.

They charged him with DUI, and Tuesday afternoon he entered a guilty plea. Then he reported to Pike County to serve a four day sentence.

The Pike County jailer says even though Blackburn is only in jail for a couple days his safety is his main concern.

"We're having to keep him in isolation to make sure nobody gets around him because we do house some Floyd County inmates which I'm sure his office has been a part of putting in here," said Pike County Jailer Rodney Scott.

The short sentence is not satisfactory to everyone though.

"It's not right at all because if it was one of us we'd have stayed in jail. What's going to happen? He'll be released tomorrow, go right back in the office like nothing happened," said Boyd.

Blackburn's license is also suspended for 120 days. He also has to pay $558 in court costs.

He declined our request for a jailhouse interview.


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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