MARTIN — A former Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested last week after Kentucky State Police officers were advised that the subject was driving under the influence.
According to police records, Terry D. Chaffins, 43, of Garrett, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 11:09 p.m., after KSP Trooper Adam Hensley was notified by a store owner that Chaffins was drunk and had just left his store.
“I was flagged down by a subject at Eastern Marathon Station,” said Hensley in the report. “Subject advised that the above subject (Chaffins) just left the store and was intoxicated.”
Hensley found Chaffins traveling near Martin and pulled him over. During the traffic stop, when asked about his alcohol consumption, Chaffins advised the officer “he had drank two beers.”
Chaffins told the officer twice during the sobriety tests that he was not capable of performing the tasks because of back and neck injuries. Chaffins also told the officer that he was prescribed Xanax and Lorcet, but had not taken either since 2 p.m. earlier that day.
Chaffins was put under arrest and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center. Chaffins was released the next day on a $2,000 surety bond under the conditions that he abstain from drug and alcohol use, and have no further violations.
Chaffins is charged with one count of one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense.
According to Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn, Chaffins left his employment with the Sheriff’s Department in June, citing medical issues. Chaffins had also served as a DARE officer in Floyd County schools as recently as last year.
Floyd County District Judge Eric D. Hall recused himself from the continued proceedings, stating that Chaffins was a former deputy sheriff with active cases pending in both courts. Judge Dennis Prater was appointed to preside over the case.
Chaffins is next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23.
An arrest is not an admission of guilt. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.