Former sheriff Blackburn arrested on DUI, other charges

Staff Report

PRESTONSBURG – Former Floyd County Sheriff John K Blackburn was arrested on nine different charges including second-offense DUI, second-degree disorderly conduct, wanton endangerment of a police officer, menacing and third-degree escape late Tuesday night.

Previously, two and a half years ago, Blackburn was arrested for DUI while serving as Floyd County Sheriff.

Prestonsburg dispatchers received a call about a green Ford pickup truck swerving and moving slowly around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. After being dispatched, Prestonsburg City Police caught up with the vehicle on Abbott Creek Road.

Following his arrest, Blackburn started complaining about chest pains and was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

Blackburn, 64, refused balancing field sobriety tests due to health concerns. His results of a breath analysis were “were exceeding 0.080,” according to Prestonsburg officer Ross Shurtleff. Also, according to Shurtleff, Blackburn just stared at him during a standard field sobriety test where he was asked to follow a moving object with his eyes.

At some point on Tuesday night, Blackburn left the hospital without permission. The former Floyd County sheriff, however, surrendered to police on Wednesday morning.

Blackburn was also charged with not wearing a seat belt and failing to produce a driver’s license and proof of insurance.

The former Floyd County lawman was arrested for DUI in Powell County in March 2013. A concerned citizen had reported a reckless driver on the Mountain Parkway and court documents stated that Blackburn refused sobriety tests but registered a .202 on a breath analysis, two and a half times the .08 limit during the incident in 2013.

Staff Report

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