May 16, 2013

Intoxicated county worker fired

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A county road department worker arrested last week for being under the influence of drugs is now unemployed.

In a special-called meeting of the Laurel County Fiscal Court on Monday morning, 27-year-old Kyle Robinson was terminated following a private personnel hearing.

Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield said the decision to terminate Robinson’s employment with the county was by unanimous votes of magistrates.

“There was really nothing else we could do,” Westerfield said.

Robinson, of Mt. Zion Road in East Bernstadt, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon on Campground School Road where he was operating a tractor and bush hog with the county road crew. Police received a complaint that the tractor’s operator was swerving along the roadway.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Robbie Grimes and Constable Tim May went to the scene and observed Robinson operating the county-owned equipment. When questioned, Robinson exhibited slurred speech and he failed several sobriety tests. Robinson admitted to taking Adipex, a prescribed medication, and a silver container with nine more pills were found in his possession. He was arrested for DUI and possession of a controlled substance not in the proper container.

But en route to jail, Grimes observed Robinson tossing something out the police cruiser’s window. Immediately stopping the vehicle, Grimes located a pill bottle with Robinson’s name on it. The bottle, dated for Jan. 2012, contained 97 pills believed to be generic Xanax.

Robinson was then charged with another count of possessing a controlled substance and with tampering with evidence.

Westerfield said Robinson had worked for the county road department since 2011. As with all county government departments, Robinson underwent a mandatory random drug test last year — which he passed.