RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Authorities say the Todd County sheriff is accused of threatening a man with a stun gun after he asked Stokes to move his vehicle from a handicapped parking spot.
Sheriff Billy Stokes has been charged with unauthorized parking in a handicapped zone, menacing and official misconduct stemming from a dispute with Daniel Draper on March 22 in the Russellville Wal-Mart parking lot near the Tennessee border.
In an affidavit, Draper says he asked Stokes to move his SUV, which was parked in a handicapped spot blocking another such parking space and did not have a handicapped license plate or placard.
Draper said Stokes told him he was there on official business and could park in the space. Draper called authorities, and when he went back to the SUV, he said Stokes threatened him with the gun.
Stokes told the New Era newspaper that he removed his stun gun because he was concerned by Draper's behavior.
Stokes is scheduled to appear in Logan County District Court April 16 to answer the charges.
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