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Mayor apologizes for driving drunk

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Instead of handling city business, Mayor Fred Siegelman had some business of his own to take care of first.

"We have a job to do and the officer did his job," says Lt. Daniel Clark, with the Versailles Police Department.

According to Clark, an officer noticed a vehicle swerving in and out of traffic at the intersection of Marsailles and Castle. He proceeded to pull over the driver. Mayor Siegelman was the driver. He was given several field sobriety tests, and according to police, he failed all of them.

He was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving, and possession of an open alcoholic beverage.

Inside a Woodford County Courtroom, Judge Mary Jane Phelps wanted the community to know that Siegelman would not be getting any special treatment because of his title.

Siegelman pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container. He issued an apology inside the courtroom,"'I'd like to apologize to you, your honor, the entire court, the entire community. I've already apologized to my family. I made a mistake. It will never happen again"

As for the Versailles police officer that arrested him, Siegelman commended the department for doing a good job,"They followed exact protocol. No one is above the law. Bottom line, you drink and drive, you're going to get arrested."

According to jail officials, Siegelman spent a couple of hours in the Woodford County Detention Center.

Siegelman's license has been suspended for 45 days. He will now need to enroll in a state program to get his license back. He also needs to have pay over $700 in court fees.

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