Sheriff Todd Pate

Sheriff Todd Pate

Staff Report

The Breckinridge County Sheriff was arrested for a suspected DUI Friday after a crash involving a Letichfield woman. 

On March 8 at approximately 6:35 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 4 received a call of a two-vehicle collision near the 9400 block of KY 259 in Breckinridge County.

According to KSP Trooper Scotty Sharp, the preliminary investigation revealed that Breckinridge County Sheriff Todd Pate was operating his personal vehicle, a 2018 Chevrolet pickup truck, when he struck a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis, operated by Jill Lanning, of Leitchfield.

Sharp said that after striking Lanning’s vehicle, Pate’s vehicle struck a utility pole before coming to a stop in a barbwire fence.

According to Sharp, Lanning was transported to Breckinridge County Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was later released.

Pate was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

The accident is still under investigation by Trooper Joey Beasley.