If you drive southwest of Jackson for about an hour and a half, you will come to London. Though you can't find Buckingham Palace or Big Ben there, you can find the spot where Kentucky basketball royalty was recently stopped by a police officer and then arrested for driving while drunk.
Former state agriculture commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer was recently arrested in London.
According to news media reports, law enforcement officers pulled the former point guard over on a recent evening after police had received complaints about a potentially unsafe driver. When officers spoke to the 48-year-old, they said that they noticed that his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.
Farmer agreed to submit to a roadside sobriety test, which officers said he failed.
The former star hoopster told the officers that he had taken muscle relaxers and pain medications.
As you know, in Kentucky it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. If you are convicted of DUI (also known as DWI), you can be sentenced to the following:
- Up to 30 days in jail for a first DUI offense
- 90 days in a alcohol/substance abuse program
- Driver's license suspension of up to 120 days
- Up to 30 days of community labor
- Up to a $500 fine
The penalties get much stiffer for a second or subsequent offense.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving and face those harsh penalties, contact an attorney experienced in DUI defense; someone who will protect you, your rights, your freedom and your driving privileges.