State official pleads not guilty to DUI

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state official who was charged with
driving under the influence a few minutes after leaving work has
pleaded not guilty.
The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) reports that
Jerry T. Lunsford pleaded not guilty Thursday to DUI, disregarding
a traffic light, reckless driving and operating a vehicle without a
license. A pretrial hearing in Franklin County District Court was
set for Aug. 16.
The citation said Lunsford nearly hit a state trooper's vehicle
May 14 and that after he was pulled over, Lunsford's speech was
slurred and he seemed slightly disoriented. The trooper said
Lunsford stated he was tired.
Police found pain medication in Lunsford's vehicle, and Lunsford
told police he was taking it because of a cracked rib.
The newspaper said Lunsford, a division director for the Finance
and Administration Cabinet, has declined requests for comment.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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