MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Richmond man was arrested Saturday for animal cruelty and other charges following a traffic stop on the Robert R. Martin Bypass.
According to his arrest citation, police stopped a vehicle after witnessing sparks coming from its right front wheel as it progressed down the bypass.
Police say the driver, Harris M. Gurley, 32, smelled heavily of alcohol. He reportedly told officers he had drank four to six beers earlier, and that he was returning home from fighting chickens on Highway 52.
Inside Gurley’s truck bed, the citation states, officers found a dead, blood-covered white rooster/chicken, along with a box containing chicken fighting equipment such as spurs, gloves and blades. A brown crate with holes was also found, inside was blood-covered fowl with a shaved head. Gurley told police the two animals were “sparring” and the white one got “knocked out.”
Once at the Madison County Detention Center, Gurley’s breathalyzer results showed .206, according to the citation. While talking with police, Gurley admitted to winning $8,600 the previous week in chicken fights, as well as participating in them.
Gurley is charged with second-degree animal cruelty, second offense driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., and second offense driving DUI on a suspended license.
He was released Sunday morning, according to online jail records. Gurley's arraignment will be December 5.