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UPDATE: Floyd County Sheriff Sentenced to 4 Days in Jail

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 4/3/13
POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Floyd County Sheriff will spend four days in jail after admitting to driving under the influence.

The Powell County District Court tells WSAZ.com that John K. Blackburn, 62, of Prestonsburg, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor DUI charge.

Blackburn was immediately sentenced to spend four days in jail. He reported to the Pike County Detention Center at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Blackburn was arrested in Stanton, Kentucky last month after Stanton Police say he crossed the center line several times and almost hit a guardrail on the Mountain Parkway.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer said he observed Blackburn with blood shot eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage. He says Blackburn insisted he had only had water and was weaving because he was talking on his cell phone.

Blackburn told the officer he was not able to perform a field sobriety test due to medical conditions.

A breathalyzer test was later given and the police report indicates his blood alcohol level was .202. The legal limit in Kentucky is .08.

The officer says Blackburn finally stated he had been at a casino and had alcoholic beverages earlier in the day.

As part of the guilty plea, Blackburn also loses his license for 120 days and has to pay more than $500 in court costs.

We called the Floyd County Sheriff's Office Wednesday and they did not have a comment on the plea or sentence.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/18/13
POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Floyd County Sheriff is out of jail after being arrested for DUI Sunday night.

Stanton, Ky. Police arrested John K.Blackburn, 62, of Prestonsburg, about 8:15 p.m. Blackburn was booked into the Powell County Detention Center shortly after 9 p.m.

Blackburn was released on a $2,500 surety bond at 8:51 Monday morning, according to the jail.

According to the incident report from the Stanton Police Department, Blackburn’s SUV was pulled over near the 25 mile marker on the Mountain Parkway after an officer says he observed the SUV nearly hitting a guard and crossing the center line several times.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer said he observed Blackburn with blood shot eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage. He says Blackburn insisted he had only had water and was weaving because he was talking on his cell phone.

Blackburn told the officer he was not able to perform a field sobriety test due to medical conditions.

A breathalyzer test was later given and the police report indicates his blood alcohol level was .202. The legal limit in Kentucky is .08.

The officer says Blackburn finally stated he had been at a casino and had alcoholic beverages earlier in the day.

Sheriff Blackburn is expected to be arraigned in Powell County District Court on the misdemeanor charge next month.

A spokesperson at the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office had no comment on the matter. They also did not know if Sheriff Blackburn would be releasing a statement on the arrest.

Blackburn has been the Floyd County Sheriff since 1998.

We have a crew in Floyd County.

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