GEORGETOWN — A garbage truck driver had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit after his truck turned over on its side Wednesday, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said.
Johnny Gentry, 45, of Owenton, a driver for Republic Services, was arrested and charged with first-offense driving under the influence. He was lodged in the Scott County jail.
Gentry's blood-alcohol content was .260, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, Hampton said. The collision report said the truck, which contained garbage, weighed 13 tons.
"Operating something that heavy, it's obviously not a good thing," Hampton said. "Very fortunate no one was injured, including him. ...He was on his route."
The accident was reported at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Woodduck Lane in Mallard Point subdivision in northern Scott County. The truck hit a retaining wall and rolled over into the driver's side, according to a report filed with the Scott County Sheriff's Office.
Gentry could not get out of the truck and had to be removed with the assistance of the Scott County Fire Department, the report said.
Once Gentry was in an ambulance, he had "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage as he spoke," Deputy Sheriff Steve Tucker wrote.
Once the truck hit the retaining wall, Gentry apparently made a hard right turn and caused the truck to flip onto its side.
"I asked the driver what happened and he stated 'I was going too fast,'" Tucker wrote.
Woodduck Lane resident Kevin Reber told Tucker that he was outside his house when he heard what sounded like a large truck accelerating.
Reber "looked to his right and noticed a garbage truck was rounding the curve and headed in his direction," Tucker's report said. Reber "began to go back towards his home because he was afraid the truck was going to hit him."