Stray animals found in Letcher County continue to be transported to the regional animal shelter in Perry County, despite the county’s dog warden being arrested on his way back from the shelter last week.
Brandon C. Collier, 30, of 621 Sturgill Branch, Whitesburg, is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (first offense) and improper parking.
Police received a complaint on February 4 about a motorist in a white 2005 Chevrolet truck with official plates driving recklessly and hitting a guardrail on KY 15 in Vicco in Perry County. Another eyewitness reported the same motorist driving recklessly in Redfox in Knott County, an arrest citation says.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Donnie White located the truck parked partially blocking a road near an intersection on KY 15 at Garner, according to the citation.
Collier admitted taking prescription medications, White wrote in the citation.
Collier was arraigned in Letcher District Court on February 5. He was released from the Letcher County Jail the next day after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond. Collier was also placed on home incarceration.
Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward said Collier is suspended without pay until further action from the Letcher Fiscal Court.
Another county employee has been transporting animals to the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter since Thursday, said Ward.
Located in Hazard, the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter serves Breathitt, Knott, Letcher and Perry counties.