Richie Farmer avoids jail after pleading guilty to DUI charge

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LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Former Kentucky basketball player and state agricultural commissioner Richie Farmer will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to DUI.

Farmer pleaded guilty May 2 to the charge, which was his first offense. His driver license was suspended 30 days beginning Mar. 22.

The 48-year-old is accused of driving under the influence after London police pulled him over after receiving reports of erratic driving. Police say Farmer told officers he took pain relievers and muscle relaxers before getting behind the wheel. He refused to take a blood test.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but it will be discharged on the condition Farmer does not receive any violations for two years.

Farmer also faced a $739 fine, and he must attend an alcohol driver education program.

Farmer previously served a 27-month federal prison sentence for misappropriating government resources while in office as agricultural commissioner, 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.

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