Graves Constable Charged with Wanton Endangerment
By Joe Jackson
DUBLIN, KY - A Graves County Constable has been arrested on wanton endangerment charges.
According to Sheriff Dewayne Redmon, 44-year-old Jeffery Howard Burnett, of Dublin is charged with four counts of wanton endangerment first degree. Burnett was arrested after a formal complaint was filed in connection to a traffic stop he conducted Friday night on KY 1748 in which he allegedly drew a gun.
According to the sheriff's office, Burnett was attempting to make a traffic stop on a vehicle that he observed cross the center line. Burnett's vehicle did not have emergency lights so he flashed his headlights and shined a spotlight into the other vehicle to signal the driver to stop.
When the vehicle didn't stop, Burnett allegedly passed the vehicle while continuing to shine the spotlight on the driver. He abruptly braked to force the vehicle to stop. He then got out of his vehicle with his weapon drawn and didn't holster it until he established he knew the occupants of the vehicle.
The investigation revealed that Burnett knowingly conducted the traffic stop in a manner where he wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person with no respect to human life.
Burnett was lodged in the Graves County Jail.