Gross named governor’s top for DUI busts

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By Becky Barnes

Veteran Cynthiana police officer, Sgt. Wilbur Gross recently earned state recognition for the job he does locally.

Gross was named the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Officer for 2008, an award he has received four times. He was first honored in 1998, which was the second year of the program. He also earned recognition in 2002 and 2007.

Gross said of his 11 DUI arrests during 2008 that no one stood out more than the other.

He said he was talking to one driver and could not tell by his speech that he was impaired. However, he said he could smell the alcohol coming from his vehicle. The driver tested at over three times the legal limit at .257.

“For every one you stop, you may miss 10 or 12,” Gross said. “The numbers are staggering.”

Gross, now a second shift officer, spent the majority of his schedule on day shift.

He said many of the arrests were the result of routine traffic stops for small violations that turned out to be DUI arrests.

Gross, 40, is a native of Cynthiana having graduated from Harrison County High School in 1987.

He has been with the Cynthiana Police Department for 15 years.

Also during 2008, Gross earned his licensed practical nursing degree through Maysville Community and Technical College and is now working towards an associates degree.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and served active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom for all but six months between Sept. 11, 2001, and December 2004.

Gross and his wife Joy have four children, Peanut, Tawny, Whitney and Jazlynn.