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.