Fayette County

Dancing cop directs Lexington traffic with flair

Officer B.J. Blank directed traffic.
Officer B.J. Blank directed traffic. Lexington Police Department

A video of a Lexington police officer directing traffic with some smooth moves is finding an audience online.

Officer B.J. Blank said he was working a non-injury collision at Tates Creek and New Circle roads on Saturday morning when he decided to try to make the other officers laugh.

As they waited for wreckers to remove two cars, Blank began dancing while directing traffic.

“I could see that the people in the cars were getting a kick out of it,” he said later.

A nearby firefighter shot some video of the performance, and it was later posted to the Lexington Police Department’s Facebook page and Twitter account. By Saturday night, the video had been shared more than 900 times on Facebook.

Directing traffic “can be very monotonous,” Blank said.

“I’m kind of a goofy dude,” he said, but added that this is not his normal traffic-directing technique.

The video isn’t Blank’s first brush with fame.

The police department’s video twist on the “running man challenge” opened with him daydreaming during roll call earlier this year.

Blank said he grew up wanting to be an actor, but he became interested in police work while studying at Eastern Kentucky University. He is a patrol officer with 15 years of experience with the Lexington police.

“I love it,” he said. “I can’t see myself doing anything else.”