Police: Richie Farmer admitted to being on pain relievers, muscle relaxers while driving

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LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Former UK basketball player and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer was taken to jail after London police arrested him for DUI Thursday night.

Farmer, 48, was booked into the Laurel County Detention Center at 6:34 p.m. He was released hours later.

People started calling 911 around 2 p.m. Thursday complaining of an erratic driver on the Hal Rogers Parkway. One caller said she didn’t know if the driver was drunk, but he was driving like he was. She said he was swerving for miles. Another caller said the car almost hit another vehicle at the KY 192 intersection.

Drivers followed the Lincoln MKZ for about seven miles before police caught up with him and pulled him over just as he was turning onto Interstate 75 northbound.

Officers reported Farmer had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, and he failed a field sobriety test. Farmer admitted to officers he took two hydrocodone pills, a pain reliever, and two Soma pills, a muscle relaxer. Farmer also said he had not eaten.

Farmer refused to take a blood test. Officers did not suspect Farmer of drinking alcohol.

He previously served a 27-month federal prison sentence in for misappropriating government resources while in office, including having state workers build a basketball court for him at his house. He pleaded guilty in federal court and circuit court in the fall of 2013 to government corruption charges.

He reported to the United States Penitentiary-Hazelton in Bruceton, West Virginia in March 2014.

In addition to prison time, Farmer was ordered to pay the state more than $120,000 in restitution.

Farmer completed all requirements of his federal sentence in March 2017.

He will be arraigned on the DUI charge April 2 in Laurel County District Court.

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