Local deputy resigns after decision led to DUI crash, officials say

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - A local deputy is out of a job after his lack of action led to a serious crash.

Sister station WKYT reports officers said Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy John Wright chose to give a man a ride home instead of arresting him for public intoxication.

Wright dropped off the intoxicated man, Michael Kissell, at home. A short time later, deputies said Kissell somehow got back to his vehicle and got into a crash on South Main Street.

The owner of a business on that street said he looked outside and saw a wrecked vehicle. A second vehicle paused long enough to see what happened before driving away.

London Police found Kissell down the road. His car had rear-end damage. Deputies arrested him for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. According to his arrest citation, he had five alcoholic drinks with lunch.

Officials said Wright should have arrested Kissell earlier instead of driving him home. Thankfully the crash was not worse than it was, but Wright's decision could have had deadly consequences.

The sheriff's office did not give a comment about the situation, but we do know Wright is now out of a job.

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