Sheriff's son facing intoxication charges days after dad's arrest

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - An Eastern Kentucky sheriff's son is now facing public intoxication charges, and his arrest comes just days after his dad was charged with driving under the influence.

Police say Jeffrey Blackburn, the son of Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn, was so impaired he could barely walk.

They say they were tipped off by a caller concerned about a possibly impaired driver. The call came Wednesday afternoon.

"We received a call of reckless driving, possibly intoxicated driver," said Prestonsburg Police Assistant Chief Bryan Hall.

The complaints referred to a black pickup truck belonging to 29-year-old Jeffrey Blackburn driving erratically, but when police responded the truck was parked at Glyn View Plaza and the driver was nowhere in sight.

"They had actually parked their vehicle and went into a store, but we didn't know which store they went into," said Prestonsburg Police Sgt. Brian Walker.

That is when police say some employees at an Italian restaurant got their attention.

"Two of them was outside and they said 'hey there's a guy that's been in our bathroom for like 20 minutes and when he came in he just didn't appear right,'" said Sgt. Walker.

Police say Blackburn's actions were clearly those of someone under the influence, so they gave him a field sobriety test which they say he failed.

"He actually made the employees there so nervous they actually said they were getting ready to call the police until they actually saw us outside," said Sgt. Walker.

They arrested him for public intoxication of a controlled substance.

The arrest comes less than one week after Blackburn's father, Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn, was also arrested, accused of driving under the influence in Powell County.

Jeffrey Blackburn is scheduled to be in court on Monday.

John K. Blackburn is scheduled to be arraigned for his charges in Powell County on April 9.

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