Scott County officials want to know: Did animal control employee crash truck into house?

jwarren@herald-leader.comMarch 19, 2014 

A Scott County animal control officer told Georgetown police that someone else was driving a county animal control truck when it crashed into a house early Tuesday morning.

Police Capt. Robert Swanigan said Wednesday morning that the employee, Leitha Burton, told police that another woman, Kya McIntosh, was driving the truck when it struck a house about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday at 123 East Showalter Lane.

Burton told officers at the scene that she had driven the county truck just before the accident and had parked it in the driveway of her own home at 120 East Showalter Lane, Swanigan said.

"(Burton) told police that Kya McIntosh then got in the driver's seat and took off up the street," crashing into the house, Swanigan said.

Police charged Burton with driving under the influence. Swanigan said Wednesday that the charge refers to Burton's operation of the animal control truck before the collision with the house.

Investigating officers are trying to pinpoint who was driving the truck when it struck the house, he said.

Meanwhile, Scott County officials plan to talk with Georgetown police later Wednesday to figure out what happened, Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby said.

Shortly afterward, Georgetown police charged Leitha Burton at the scene. She was charged with driving under the influence, they said.

Swanigan said police arrived to find Burton standing beside the animal control vehicle in front of the house on East Showalter. Burton's own home is one the same street, he said.

Swanigan said Wednesday morning that he didn't know whether Kya McIntosh, the woman who Burton said was driving, is a county employee or what her relationship with Burton is.

"To my understanding, the officer who is investigating this was able to make contact with her (McIntosh) last night, but I don't have that information yet," he said.

The Scott County Animal Control Shelter referred inquiries Wednesday to Lusby or Williams.

Lusby said no job action has been taken against Burton so far.

"We've not done anything, and it's simply because we don't have enough information at this point," he said.

In addition to hitting the house, the animal control truck sideswiped two cars, Lusby said.

He said it's routine for the animal control officer on call at night to take a vehicle home in case there is an overnight call.

"That's standard procedure," he said. "There wasn't anything wrong with that.

"But as far as these other circumstances, we will deal with it once we find out what happened."

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety.

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