Kentucky Police Chief Found Passed Out at Taco Bell Drive-Thru Cited For DUI

The head of Whitesburg Police Department was not arrested, but issued a public apology over his drunken driving citation.

by VICE News
Nov 20 2014, 4:25pm

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A police chief in small-town Kentucky has made a public apology following his citation for drunken driving while in Hazard, in the east of the state, over the weekend. According to, Whitesburg police chief Tyrone Fields was found passed out in the driver's seat of his car at a Taco Bell drive-thru early on Sunday morning. A passerby called 911 and Fields was issued with a DUI citation.

Fields was taken to hospital and was not arrested. Hazard's police chief told WKYT that the Whitesburg cop's condition took precedent over the decision to arrest him.

"It's very unfortunate, but I've learned from it," Fields said. "Just never do it again, pick up the pieces and move on." He met with the town mayor early this week to discuss the incident.

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