Law enforcement officers are usually held to a higher standard of conduct, especially those in a position of command. When these professionals commit an error of judgment, the consequences sometimes may not always seem to fit the offense for which they have been charged. However, for one Kentucky sheriff, the consequences may be more harsh in light of his second DUI offense after causing a car crash with bodily injury.
Kentucky State Police were called to the scene of a crash recently between a pickup truck and a passenger car. According to officers, the driver of the pickup was the sheriff of Breckinridge County. He purportedly struck the other vehicle before hitting a utility pole and coming to rest in a wire barrier. Emergency workers transported the driver of the car to a local medical center with undisclosed injuries.
State patrol officers stated that the sheriff’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the state’s legal limit. According to officials, this is the second time this individual has faced similar charges. In 2015, he was reportedly found intoxicated in his vehicle with an alcoholic beverage and a firearm on his lap. He was charged with making threats against his spouse and other family members as well as threatening suicide. In that incident, he was ordered to pay an $800 fine and returned to his official capacity as sheriff.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department would only comment that the matter was being investigated and offered no further information. He has served as sheriff since 2003. The extent of the victim’s injuries was not disclosed, but she was released from in-patient care. In spite of being released, she may have suffered injuries that will require an extended recovery period. Victims who have suffered serious injuries in a car crash caused by an impaired driver or other negligent actions may have a basis to seek recovery of financial damages through the civil justice system.