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DUI charges filed against Kentucky sheriff

An arrest on drunk driving allegations can significantly impact a person’s future. The typical DUI defendant in Kentucky stands to lose his or her driver’s license, pay fines or even go to jail. DUI charges can even have an impact on one’s professional life, as having a criminal background can preclude people from holding certain positions. 

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Police initially received a report of a reckless driver shortly after midnight on Sept. 10, 2021. The person who called notified police reported seeing an SUV swerving and that it appeared to have official police tags. A responding officer later witnessed the SUV pull into a parking lot, stop and then leave again. 

After leaving the parking lot the SUV reportedly swerved across the center lane of traffic multiple times. The officer then decided to pull over the driver of the SUV, who turned out to be the area’s sheriff. The sheriff reportedly smelled strongly of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and had an open cup of bourbon in his vehicle. A blood alcohol test later showed that his BAC was .107, higher than the legal limit of .08. He was charged with: 

  • Careless driving 
  • Operating a motor vehicle under the influence 
  • Possession of an open container in a vehicle 

Taking swift action is often essential in DUI cases. The timeline for DUI charges is generally much quicker than with other types of criminal offenses, and defendants can even lose their licenses without ever being convicted. Those who are eager to preserve their driving privileges while also minimizing other potential consequences sometimes choose to work closely with attorneys who are well versed in Kentucky criminal law.