- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky mayor was charged with driving under the influence after she was accused of falling asleep at the wheel in a fast-food restaurant’s drive-thru line before crashing into a car and a pole, police said.

Shively Mayor Beverly Chester-Burton, 59, was arrested late Tuesday by Louisville Metro Police officers who were called to investigate a report that a car crashed into a utility pole, according to an arrest citation. When officers arrived, they found Chester-Burton standing next to a silver Cadillac with “heavy front-end damage,” the citation said.

Witnesses told officers that before the crash, Chester-Burton was asleep in a White Castle drive-thru line and multiple people tried to wake her up by knocking on her window, according to the citation.

Police said they determined Chester-Burton rear-ended a truck in the line, pushing it into another car, before striking the pole as she attempted to get away from the scene.

Chester-Burton told officers her accelerator got stuck in the restaurant’s parking lot and she drove off to avoid crashing into other cars, The Herald-Leader reported, citing the arrest documents.



Officers said they smelled alcohol on Chester-Burton’s breath, and the mayor then admitted to having two drinks with her dinner at 5 p.m. before later saying she had the drinks at 9 p.m., according to the police documents.

Chester-Burton was arrested and booked into Louisville Metro Corrections after she failed a field sobriety test, officials said.

She was released Wednesday and an arraignment was set for Friday. It was not immediately clear whether she had an attorney who could comment for her.

Shively is a suburb of Louisville with a population of about 15,000 people.

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