Edmonson Voice Staff
Police nabbed another impaired driver in the ongoing "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign on Saturday night. Local police have stayed busy with extra traffic safety checkpoints over the summer through the program, which is sponsored by a grant that covers all overtime for the checkpoints.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office along with Kentucky State Police reported that during the road check at HWY 259 and HWY 70, a vehicle quickly stopped short of the checkpoint, turned around, and parked in a random driveway. When officers arrived at the driveway to further investigate, they said the driver smelled very strongly of alcohol and showed fast involuntary eye movement during field sobriety tests, which police say are obvious signs of intoxication.
Police also said the driver, Ted Kinser, 74, Brownsville, refused a chemical test, further field sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest for DUI aggravated circumstances, and Refusal of chemical test.
"When you sign the paperwork to obtain a driver's license, you also agree with the state of Kentucky to consent to a chemical test if you're arrested for a DUI," said Deputy Wally Ritter. "A refusal of that test will certainly be used against you in court."
Sheriff Shane Doyle noted that his department has made an effort to taken full advantage of the program. "So far, we've had a very successful campaign for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," he said. "Our traffic safety checkpoints and increased patrol have yielded great results and our roads and families are safer because of it."