Whitesburg KY

Police chief denies DUI charge


State police have charged a police chief in northeastern Kentucky with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Vanceburg Police Chief Joe Billman was arrested early March 16, but maintains he wasn’t intoxicated even though he’d been drinking.

Billman provided The (Ashland) Independent with a copy of tests that indicate he registered a blood-alcohol content of .038, less than the legal limit of .08.

Billman is the second public official to be arrested in Lewis County for driving under the influence recently. Lewis County Judge-Executive Steve Applegate was arrested last week.

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