Sheriff: Lawmaker drove intoxicated after Kentucky session

LONDON,
Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state representative was arrested early Thursday
on accusations of driving while intoxicated only hours after the state
House had adjourned, authorities said.

State Rep. Derek J. Lewis of London was charged with drunken driving, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Laurel
County Sheriff’s officer Gary Mehler said he responded to a call and
came upon a pickup truck in a ditch resting against a fence. Lewis got
out and was “extremely unsteady,” had slurred speech, glossy eyes and
smelled of alcohol, Mehler said in an arrest citation.

Lewis refused to take a field sobriety test and became belligerent, Mehler added.

Lewis
was arrested shortly after 1:30 a.m. in London, about 100 miles (165
kilometres) from Frankfort, where the House adjourned late Wednesday
night about two hours earlier. The lawmaker was subsequently
hospitalized and continued to refuse sobriety tests, according to
authorities.

Lewis’
attorneys at Croley Foley & Cessna said Lewis’ vehicle struck a
ditch after he had been working all day in Frankfort. The first-term
lawmaker will plead not guilty to the charge, his attorneys said.

A spokeswoman for the Kentucky House of Representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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