Sheriff pleads guilty to DUI
by Jack Latta
STANTON — Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn received the minimum jail sentence for an aggravated drunk-driving charge, following his guilty plea Tuesday in Powell County to charges of driving under the influence.
According to court officials, Blackburn was to have reported to the Pike County Jail at 9 p.m. Tuesday evening for a four-day stay following a guilty plea in Powell County District Court. Blackburn has also had his license suspended for 120 days, the statutory maximum. He will have a hearing on May 5 to apply for a hardship license.
Following his release from jail, Blackburn will also be required to complete 80 hours of alcohol drivers education courses.
Blackburn, 62, of Prestonsburg, who currently serves as president of the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, registered a .202 on a breathalyzer — two-and-a-half times the legal limit — and was arrested in Powell County earlier this month, after other motorists reported that the Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by Blackburn was “driving recklessly.” According to officials with the Stanton Police Department, the Tahoe had an “official” license plate.
After first telling officers he had only drunk water that evening, Blackburn complied with officers at the scene, and stated that he was returning from a casino, where he had consumed alcoholic beverages that day.
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