Floyd County sheriff charged with DUI in Powell County; heads state sheriffs group

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comMarch 18, 2013 

Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn was arrested Sunday night in Powell County on a DUI charge, officials said Monday.

Powell Deputy Jailer Scott Wells confirmed that Blackburn, 62, was released from the jail Monday on a $2,500 bond.

According to the Kentucky Sheriff's Association website, Blackburn is president of that organization. Association officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Blackburn was arrested at 8:14 p.m. Sunday on the Mountain Parkway, according to a Powell District Court arrest record.

After the Powell sheriff's office received a report of a reckless driver, an officer said he observed the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe nearly hit a guardrail and cross the center line of the highway several times.

The driver, identified as Blackburn, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, the citation said. Blackburn initially said he had drunk only water and was weaving because he was talking on his cellphone.

"The operator stated he had medical reasons and was unable to do any balancing tests," the arrest citation said.

Blackburn eventually acknowledged that he was coming from a casino, where he had consumed alcoholic beverages, according to court records.

Blackburn blew a reading of .202 on a breath analyzer, according to court records. The legal driving limit is .08.

A dispatcher for the Floyd Sheriff's office said there was no one available to comment Monday. A woman who answered the telephone Monday at the office of Floyd Judge-Executive R.D. "Doc" Marshall said Marshall had no comment.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears.

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