Rand Paul's son pleads guilty to DUI charge

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - (WKYT) - On Tuesday, the son of Kentucky Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul appeared in court where he pleaded guilty to a DUI charge.

Police cited William Paul for DUI and failure to maintain insurance after a crash last month.

The judge ruled that William Paul will have a 45-day license suspension and is required to pay $718 in fines and court fees. His license will be reinstated after alcohol education classes and the 45-day suspension. The failure to maintain insurance charge was dropped.

Police say last month, a witness saw Paul sitting alone in an SUV at the intersection of Old Vine Street and Woodland Avenue, revving his engine. They say that witness then heard a crash. Police say that SUV had hit another parked vehicle. They say Paul had a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, and was belligerent.

According to Paul's citation, he refused a blood alcohol test and failed a field sobriety test. They took him to hospital to be checked out for injuries to his face. He wasn't arrested.

Paul has faced alcohol-related charges in the past. In 2013, He was charged with assaulting a flight attendant and consuming alcohol while underage. Those charges were dropped. Later that year, Kentucky's Alcoholic Beverage Control cited him for alcohol possession of a minor at Keeneland.

Police classified this as an aggravated DUI charge because they say Paul refused an alcohol test. Neither Paul, nor his father has commented.

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