PDT Staff Writer
IRONTON — Repeated calls to the Raceland, Ky., Police Department went unanswered Tuesday, but according to the Ironton Tribune, Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship is apologizing to his family and his constituents after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving at 1:54 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 23 in Raceland.
In the story, Blankenship reportedly said he had been visiting with a high school friend he had not seen in several years in Wurtland, Ky., and that he had consumed a “few beers.” He was pulled over by Officer John Eric Ross of the Raceland Police Department, but not before Blankenship drove for more than a half mile, and Ross used his siren. Raceland Police Chief Don Sammons said officers performed a field sobriety test, which Blankenship failed. The Tribune story said Blankenship was taken to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky., where Blankenship refused a blood alcohol test, according to the citation.
Blankenship was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of DUI and a traffic violation of careless driving. He reportedly posted a $1,000 bond after he was brought to the Greenup County (Ky.) Detention Center.
The mayor said he has a mid-August court date on the matter.
“If I am found guilty I will accept the consequences,” Blankenship said. “I apologize to my family and to the citizens of Ironton. I thought I was OK to drive home. Evidently the officer didn’t think so. I did cooperate fully with the officer.”
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