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City Council member facing OUI charge

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Was arrested July 12 on Green River Lake.

By Leslie Moore

 

A Campbellsville City Council member and doctor is facing a charge of operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol.

Dr. James "Jimmy" E. Ewing of 607 Hyde Park St. in Campbellsville, was arrested on Saturday, July 12, at 9:56 p.m. on Green River Lake, seven miles south of Campbellsville.

According to Ewing's arrest citation, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources officer Jared Ervin wrote that he saw Ewing operating a Champion 210 boat without all-around-white light. State law requires boats to be properly illuminated between sunset and sunrise.

Ervin wrote that, upon inspection, Ewing moved very slowly while searching for the safety equipment. The report states that the boat was equipped with the light, though it wasn't working.

Ervin asked Ewing to submit to a field sobriety test and he complied. Ervin wrote that Ewing exhibited six clues indicating impairment during the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and more clues while performing another test.

The report states that Ewing's blood alcohol concentration level was .102, higher than the legal limit of .08.

Ewing was arrested and lodged at the Taylor County Detention Center. He posted a $500 bond and was released that night.

The highest vote getter in the 2012 City Council election, Ewing serves as mayor pro tem. With this distinction, Ewing acts as mayor in the event of Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young's absence. Ewing is seeking re-election for his Council seat this November.

Ewing is employed at Taylor Regional Hospital as an ear, nose and throat physician.

According to state law, operating a boat while under the influence doesn't carry the same penalty as driving under the influence.

If found guilty, Ewing could receive a $250 fine and be required to complete a safe boating course.

Ewing is scheduled to appear in Taylor District Court on Monday, July 28.

Multiple requests for information from Fish & Wildlife officials weren't returned before press time.