Kentucky sheriff arrested for second DUI while in office

Todd Pate Mug from Hardin County Detention Center

HARDINSBURG, Ky. (AP/WDRB) – Authorities say a Kentucky sheriff has been arrested following a crash that injured a woman.

Kentucky State Police say Breckinridge County Sheriff Todd Pate was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after the two-vehicle crash Friday evening in Breckinridge County. Pate was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

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State police say Pate was driving his pickup truck when he struck a car. Police say Pate’s vehicle then hit a utility pole and came to a stop in a barbed wire fence. The driver of the car, Jill Lanning of Leitchfield, was taken to a hospital and later released.

A woman who answered the phone at the Breckinridge County sheriff’s office on Saturday declined comment other than to say that state police are investigating. She declined to give her name.

According to WDRB in Louisville, Pate’s blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit.

They also report that this isn’t the first time Pate has been arrested for DUI while serving as sheriff.

Back in 2015, they say Sheriff Pate was arrested in a Waffle House parking lot in Bowling Green.

They say police found Pate drunk in his car, with an open beer and a pistol.

They say he had threatened to kill his wife, her parents, and himself.

The station reports Pate served no jail time related to that incident, only paying an $800 fine.

According to the Breckenridge County Sheriff’s Office, Pate has served as sheriff since 2003.

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