Kentucky sheriff facing DUI charges for second time

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HARDINSBURG, KY (WYMT) -- The Breckinridge County Sheriff has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Kentucky State Police said officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on KY 259 in Breckinridge County around 6:35 p.m. CST Friday night. Police said at the scene Sheriff Todd Pate was found hiding beer bottles in a wooded area. Pate showed bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet, according to an arrest report.

A preliminary investigation revealed Sheriff Pate was operating his personal vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup truck, when he hit a Mercury Grand Marquis.

The other vehicle was being driven by Jill Lanning of Leitchfield.

Sheriff Pate was arrested on March 8 on suspicion of DUI.

After hitting Lanning’s car, police said Pate struck a utility pole before coming to a stop in a barbwire fence. When asked if he could perform the balance portion of the sobriety test, Pate told police he couldn’t, according to the arrest report.

Sheriff Pate was arrested and taken to Hardin County Detention Center. The results of a breathalyzer test determined his blood alcohol level was .159.

Lanning was taken to Breckinridge County Memorial Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. She has since been released.

Pate previously pleaded guilty to DUI in 2015.