A Johnson County man was arrested twice recently, includingone incident in which he allegedly endangered the welfare of a minor.

According to court documents, Phillip J. Burgin, 29, of Paintsville, was arrested after a traffic stop conducted by Paintsville Police Department Capt. Johnathan Holbrook on Jan. 29. Court documents said Holbrook initiated the stop because he knew Burgin’s driver’s license was suspended.

PPD Officer Brian Runyon wrote in an arrest citation that he performed field sobriety tests, which Burgin was unable to successfully complete, at which time he asked Burgin if he had taken anything.

Burgin, the citation said, told the officer that he had smoked some meth earlier in the day. 

Runyon noted that Burgin had his young child in the vehicle and a “set of scales and a short cut straw believed to be used for snorting drugs” were found in the rear left floorboard of the vehicle, near the child. 

Burgin was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, where he declined contact with an attorney and submitted to a blood test before being lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on charges of first-offense driving on a DUI-suspended license (aggravating circumstances), possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a minor and traffic charges.

Court documents show Burgin was released that same day, but arrested on Jan. 31 on a charge of violating parole. Kentucky Department of Corrections documents show Burgin is currently on parole related to charges of flagrant non-support in Jefferson County and third-degree burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument in Nelson County.

Records show Burgin remained lodged in the jail on the parole violation charge as of presstime Friday.

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