Ex-Fish and Wildlife head arrested for DUI

By Kevin Wheatley, Published:

Former Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jonathan Gassett was arrested Thursday in Woodford County for driving under the influence.

Kentucky State Police observed Gassett, 46, weaving within his lane while driving his 2006 Ford F-150 pickup eastbound on Interstate 64 around 8:40 p.m., according to Gassett’s arrest citation. When he pulled off at the Leestown Road exit, the trooper noticed Gassett failed to signal and did not stop completely at a stop sign, per the citation.

The trooper smelled alcohol on Gassett’s breath, and the former Fish and Wildlife commissioner said he had two beers at dinner, according to the citation. Gassett failed three field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of 0.118, the citation says.

The legal limit in Kentucky is 0.08 percent.

Gassett is free after posting a $2,100 cash bond, according to the Woodford County Detention Center. He also faces a charge of failing to signal.

Gassett’s arrest comes about a week after he paid a $7,500 fine to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to settle nine ethics charges from his time as Fish and Wildlife commissioner, such as using his relationship with the Kentucky State Police to obtain free guest passes to the Kentucky Derby in 2011 and 2012 and having Fish and Wildlife employees pump a flooded crawlspace on state time and with agency equipment at his home after a pipe burst between late 2009 and early 2010.

He resigned in September amid an inspector general investigation after accepting a position with the Wildlife Management Institute. 

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  • He should be in prison for all his wrong doing. and so should a few others, looks like if he keeps it up he will be. Its a shame what he has done to KY Fish and Wildlife. Putting Asian Carp in the River should justify prison time by itself. He has messed up our eco system for ever. Alway causing problems for people who like to ride not realizing these people are the hunters and fisherman too.I hope he goes back to Georgia. If not than prison. If he had the pistol and no permit than he should be prosecuted for it the law is the law. I think he has broke enough of them that its time he pays.

  • I wonder Gassett he had a pistol lashed to his ankle when arrested - and if so, did he ever get his conceal/carry license?

  • What you sow you reap ! Maybe later in life **** learn a thing or two

  • I would have loved to have been there when they frog-marched him into the jail house.

  • This couldn't have happened to a more deserving man.

  • Dude just can't get a break lately. Ayh, he got off quite well though with that investigation of corruptness.