A UPS driver in Kentucky was arrested Monday for allegedly driving and making deliveries while drunk.
According to WAVE, employees at Middletown Elementary School called police after Matthew Caskey, 34, reeked of alcohol as he made a delivery at the building. Caskey had reportedly left the scene before officers arrived.
WDRB reported that the UPS truck almost hit the curb as it sped past a police officer driving in the opposite direction. An arrest report stated that Caskey’s eyes appeared “very tired and red” and he denied going to the elementary school—though a passenger in the truck confirmed he made a stop there.
Caskey allegedly failed a field sobriety test and blew a .316—nearly four times the legal limit—on a preliminary breath test. The New York Post reported that he confessed to drinking half a pint of whiskey; police found a small bottle of whiskey in his vest pocket in addition to empty alcohol bottles and a partially full bottle in his lunch box.
The UPS driver’s speech was reportedly slurred as he told police he was an alcoholic, going through a divorce, and feared he would lose his job and insurance for his 11-year-old daughter. WDRB reported that authorities contacted his supervisor, who had another driver complete his route.
Charged with DUI and careless driving, UPS confirmed Caskey is out of work as they investigate Monday’s incident.
“We are aware that a driver was charged Nov. 12 with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Safety is a core value at UPS and our drivers are trained to be among the safest on the road,” the company said in a statement. “We are working with authorities to investigate the situation. The driver has been removed from service pending resolution of the investigation.”
[Featured Image: Matthew Caskey/Louisville Metro Department of Corrections]