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County official faces DUI charge

Police arrested the Letcher County surveyor earlier this week for drunk driving and failing to stop for police

Richard Hall, 58, of Michigan Avenue in Whitesburg, was released from jail Tuesday morning without bail.

According to the police citation, Whitesburg Police Officer Gavin Fleming received a call about 4 p.m., June 25, that a late model, blue Chevrolet pickup truck had run a red light and was driving on the wrong side of the road on the Whitesburg Bypass. The incident apparently occurred in the construction zone near Pine Mountain Junction.

Fleming wrote that he pulled off the road and waited for the pickup to pass him, and saw a truck matching that description stop at the red light leading to downtown Whitesburg. Fleming followed the truck and turned on his blue lights to pull it over as it turned onto Depot Street.

According to the citation, Hall kept driving until he got to his house on Michigan Avenue and parked.

Fleming said the front and rear windows on the left side of the truck were open and he smelled a strong odor of alcohol. When Hall stepped out, Fleming said, he had to use his door for stability, and “could hardly stand” when Fleming asked him to step away from the vehicle.

“I asked the subject why he didn’t stop when I activated my emergency equipment, and he stated, ‘I thought if I made it home that you wouldn’t arrest me and that you would let me go inside,’” Fleming wrote.

According to the citation there was a half bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon in the vehicle, and Hall admitted to drinking the other half before driving home.

Hall is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, greater than .08 percent blood alcohol, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle, and second-degree fleeing or evading police.

The arrest comes two months after he was arrested for allegedly stalking his ex-wife. Kristy Tyree, of Sandlick, stated in that warrant that from February 12 through April 11 Hall stalked her and made threats “with intent to place her in reasonable fear of death by following her anywhere she goes, watching her making threats via test, making a scene in public, all while a civil restraining order is in place through the parties’ divorce.”

The charge against Hall is second-degree stalking, a Class A misdemeanor.

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