Breckinridge County sheriff arrested on numerous charges

Breckinridge County sheriff arrested on numerous charges
Published: Oct. 6, 2015 at 2:22 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 20, 2015 at 9:51 PM EST
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Todd Pate (Source: Warren County Detention Center)
Todd Pate (Source: Warren County Detention Center)

HARDINSBURG, KY (WAVE) - He was arrested for DUI and numerous other charges after Kentucky State Police pulled over the Breckinridge County Sheriff who was said to be homicidal and suicidal.

Todd Pate was taken into custody in Warren County, but it started in Breckinridge County and many people say these serious allegations are unlike the sheriff they know.

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At Inside The Brak Restaurant and Meeting House, Sheriff Pate is a regular.

"He comes in here, all the local sheriffs, cops, they all come in here for lunch and chit chat and hang out with everybody and he's one of the nicest guys," server Katie Barton said.

Barton said she could not believe what everybody was talking about on Tuesday.

"Shocked, complete and utter shock," Barton said.

Pate was arrested Monday night by Kentucky State Police in Bowling Green. He was picked up on a warrant out of Breckinridge County filed just hours before for terroristic threatening.

According to the warrant, Pate's wife told police that her husband threatened to kill her, her parents and himself. KSP say that they got word Pate was suicidal and armed with a gun.

Police say Pate was driving his personal pickup truck when he was pulled over. He was arrested and charged with DUI, not wearing his seatbelt, having an alcoholic beverage in the vehicle and not using a turn signal.

"Why would he do that, if he is a cop, setting an example for a small county like this, it's not really something you would see," Barton said.

As of right now, Pate remains sheriff. The chief deputy said the allegations are out of character and the sheriff's department will continue to serve the citizens.
Barton says to her, Pate was known to go above and beyond. In 2011 he was even recognized on the Oprah show for rescuing a young boy who was held captive in his own home several years prior.

"He seemed like the perfect sheriff," Barton said. "Like you know, the old TV shows, he was on the one who would do anything for anybody."

Pate has served as sheriff since 2003. He is due back in court in on Friday, October 9 in Warren County.

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