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By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
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STANTON, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in Powell County charged Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn with DUI.

He was pulled over on the Mountain Parkway last weekend.

We obtained a 911 call made by someone who reported seeing Blackburn's SUV driving erratically.

Caller: We've been following these people for 15, maybe 20 miles and partner, they are all over the road. I'm scared, we're scared to pass them and he's about run three to four vehicles off the road.

Dispatchers say that caller stayed on the line until police caught up to the SUV and pulled it over.

Police say Blackburn's blood alcohol content was nearly three times over the legal limit.


STANTON, Ky. (WYMT) - The Floyd County Sheriff, who faces DUI charges, will face a judge next month.

Sheriff John K. Blackburn was arrested Sunday night in Powell County.

Police got a tip about an erratic driver on the Mountain Parkway and that led them to pull over Blackburn's SUV.

Officers said his blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit.


UPDATE 4:40 p.m.

POWELL COUNTY/FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - An Eastern Kentucky sheriff is in trouble with the law.

Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn was arrested in Powell County for allegedly driving drunk along the Mountain Parkway

The police report stated that officers got a call of a reckless driver, and when they responded they saw a Chevrolet Tahoe with "official" tags swerving.

The report said when they pulled him over he said he was only drinking water and was swerving because he was on the phone. It also said he told officers he could not take a field sobriety test because of a medical condition, but when officers gave him a breathalyzer test he registered .202, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08

The report said then Blackburn admitted to officers he was returning from a casino where he had been drinking.

They arrested him and charged him with driving under the influence in a county vehicle.

Blackburn was being held in the Powell County Detention Center but was released on a $2,500 surety bond.


STANTON, Ky. (WYMT) - We are following a developing story out of Powell County.

Officials at the detention center tell us Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn was arrested on DUI charges Sunday night.

Jail records show Blackburn was arrested by the Powell County sheriff's department and was booked into the jail just before 9:30 Sunday night.

No other details are being released right now.

We will have much more on this story as we get it.

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