Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced a Louisville man has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol while transporting an adult in his care.
Othello Grant, 40, of Louisville, a former caregiver at Community Alternatives Kentucky, which managed a group of Louisville-area facilities for intellectually disabled adults, entered the plea Aug. 4.
Grant’s plea includes one count of wanton endangerment in the first degree, a Class D felony; one count of criminal mischief in the third degree, a misdemeanor; and one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, first offense.
According to investigators, while transporting an adult with intellectual disabilities who was in his care Jan. 2, 2016, Grant was allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated – having a blood alcohol level at more than four times the legal limit.
Grant was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury March 16, 2016, and was arraigned March 21, 2016.
“Protecting our most vulnerable citizens means safeguarding them from neglect or abuse by those paid to care for them,” Beshear said. “Abuse or neglect of any kind is unacceptable, and my office will prosecute violations to the fullest extent of the law.
Grant will appear before Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Angela McCormick Bisig on Sept. 22 for sentencing.
The Louisville Metro Police Department, the Department for Community Based Services Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the AG’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse investigated this case.
The Attorney General’s tip line for reporting allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation is 877-ABUSE-TIP (877-228-7384). It is staffed 24 hours a day. Reports may be made to Adult Protective Services by calling 800-752-6200. Complaints involving a nursing home may be made by contacting the Office of the Inspector General, who is responsible for licensing nursing homes, by calling 502-564-7963.