Posted: Nov 29, 2012 5:40 PM by Josh Breslow
Updated: Nov 29, 2012 8:29 PM
The people living in one Carter County community say they are stunned after the mayor was arrested Wednesday, charged with selling drugs.
Danny Sparks, the mayor of Olive Hill is charged with trafficking marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. According to police, Sparks sold less than eight ounces of Marijuana to a college-aged man in his truck Wednesday evening in a parking lot along Highway 60. It all played out just a street over from Olive Hill Elementary.
"Out of all people, Danny? I'm just shocked," said Sparks' neighbor, Robert Davidson. "I was just dumb-founded."
Other residents of Olive Hill agree: "it just surprised me. I didn't think that he would do something like that," said Ramona Crank.
"It just looked bad on our town," said another resident, Stephanie Ball.
Sparks was released from the Carter County Detention Center shortly after his arrest. LEX 18 went to his house to ask for his comment on the case, but he declined to talk.
In a resignation letter printed in the Grayson Journal-Times, Sparks wrote: "Due to a very bad mistake that I have made tonight, and have failed the trust of the good people of Olive Hill, my friends and most of all, my family, I have decided with deep regret to resign tonight as mayor."
The statement goes on to say: "what happened tonight is something I have never done before."
Olive Hill's Chief Of Police said the city council has to accept the resignation. Until then, Sparks is still the mayor, as he has been since 2002.
"If he's gonna be like that, we shouldn't have somebody like that running the city," said Davidson.
Police said Sparks was also charged with having an open beer in his vehicle.
Sparks is set to appear in court for arraignment on the morning of December 10th.