Kentucky lawmaker charged with DUI on 1st day of session

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 7:34 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky state senator was charged with driving under the influence about nine hours after the legislative session opened.

Kentucky State Police Sgt. Michael Webb says Republican Sen. Brandon Smith was stopped by a state trooper for speeding at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The General Assembly convened at midday Tuesday.

Smith blew a .088 in a portable breath test, according to a citation filed with Franklin County Circuit Court and obtained by The Courier-Journal.

The legal blood-alcohol limit in Kentucky is .08. The citation indicated that Smith later refused a request to take a follow-up breath test.

Smith declined comment on Wednesday. His attorney, William E. Johnson, says he is optimistic the matter will be resolved to the satisfaction of everybody.

Smith also was cited for speeding.