May 13, 2013

Road employee charged with DUI

Driving tractor on county time

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A county road employee who was intoxicated while on county time is now doing time in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Kyle M. Robinson,  27, of Mt. Zion Road in East Bernstadt, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, charged with DUI, possession of a controlled substance not in its proper container, and tampering with physical evidence.

Robinson’s arrest came after a complaint that a person was driving a tractor with a bush hog attached along Campground School Road, seven miles south of London, around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The equipment is the property of the county’s road department, where Robinson is an employee.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Robbie Grimes and Constable Tim May went to the scene, where they observed Robinson operating the tractor and bush hog. After speaking with him, Grimes administered a sobriety test which Robinson failed. The arrest report states Robinson was slurring his speech.

Grimes’ report states Robinson admitted taking two Adipex pills and a silver metal container with nine more pills, identified as Adipex, were located on Robinson.

But Robinson’s legal troubles didn’t end there.

While in transport to the Laurel County Detention Center, Grimes saw Robinson throw a pill bottle out the window of the cruiser. Stopping the vehicle immediately, Grimes retrieved a pill bottle containing a large amount of suspected generic Xanax. Robinson told Grimes the bottle belonged to him. The bottle contained 97 blue oval pills that were identified as generic Xanax.

Robinson was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center and is scheduled for an arraignment hearing today (Friday). As of press time Thursday morning, Robinson remained incarcerated and no bail was listed on the jail records.

Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield said he was informed of the situation on Wednesday evening but could not comment at this time. He did say he would be looking into the circumstances of the arrest on Thursday morning.