UPDATE POSTED 4:30 P.M. JUNE 4, 2021:
LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Consultant Derek Lewis, of London, can have his driver’s license suspended for 45-days for refusing to take a blood take a look at in a DUI investigation, in keeping with the Lexington Herald-Chief.
The Republican, who represents Clay, Leslie and a part of Laurel Counties, was acquitted of driving below the affect final month.
He was arrested and charged with DUI close to his dwelling round 1:30 a.m. on April 16, 2020, hours after the state legislative session ended.
Lewis refused to take a blood take a look at after being taken to the hospital in London, in keeping with his arrest quotation.
Lewis’ lawyer, Conrad Cessna, instructed the Lexington Herald-Chief that Lewis agreed to the driving force’s license suspension “in an effort to place this complete case to mattress.”
UPDATE POSTED 11 A.M. MAY 20, 2021
LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ/AP) – A Kentucky legislator has been cleared of a DUI cost greater than a 12 months after his arrest.
District 90 state Rep. Derek Lewis, a Republican who represents Laurel and Clay counties and a part of Leslie County, celebrated the jury’s not-guilty verdict with a Fb put up.
“After ready over a 12 months to go to trial on account of circumstances past my management, at this time I used to be discovered harmless by a jury of my friends. I admire the women and men of the jury for giving cautious consideration to the info of this case, in addition to to my household and mates for standing by me throughout this extraordinarily tough time. Right this moment’s verdict is a reminder that we nonetheless stay within the biggest nation on earth, and that fact can and can prevail. I sit up for placing this behind me and persevering with my work on behalf of the folks of Clay, Leslie, and Laurel counties. I particularly need to thank Conrad Cessna for his authorized counsel and steering by means of this course of,” Lewis mentioned of the trial and verdict from a six-person jury in Laurel County District Court docket.
Lewis was arrested on Hatcher Highway by Sgt. Gary Mehler, who was a deputy on the time,and Sgt. John Inman on April 16, 2020, after his truck was present in a ditch. The lawmaker was on his means again from Frankfort after the final day of the legislative session final 12 months.
The accident was a couple of half mile from Lewis’ dwelling.
Through the trial, Cessna emphasised inconsistencies within the deputies’ reviews in regards to the arrest and info in regards to the scene. One key one was Lewis reportedly telling the deputies he bumped into the ditch whereas “messing” along with his cellphone and the actual fact no indicators of alcohol have been discovered within the truck.
Meantime, Kentucky’s lawyer basic is asking the state Supreme Court docket to rethink its current ruling in a separate DUI case that performed a task in Lewis’ DUI trial.
The state Supreme Court docket ruling was cited in a protection movement that prevented the prosecutor from presenting Lewis’ blood-test refusal to the jury.
Legal professional Normal Daniel Cameron’s workplace says the excessive courtroom’s ruling will “stand as a barrier” to prosecuting many DUI circumstances and thereby make the roads much less secure.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED APRIL 16, 2020
LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – First-term Republican State Consultant Derek Lewis, of London, was arrested early Thursday on a DUI cost, in keeping with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Division and the Lexington Herald-Chief.
In a press launch, he sheriff’s division mentioned:
“The arrest occurred off Hatcher Highway, roughly two miles east of London as a deputies have been enroute to a criticism name on Hatcher Highway after they positioned a inexperienced coloured Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck in opposition to a cut up rail fence down within the ditch off Hatcher Highway. Deputies stopped to examine on the driving force and detected the odor of alcoholic drinks emitting from the driving force. An investigation was carried out and the driving force was decided to be below the affect and was charged with working a motorcar below the affect – first offense.”
In line with the Herald-Chief, the report says an officer with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Workplace was on his strategy to a name when he noticed a pickup truck up in opposition to a fence in a ditch.
The report says Lewis acquired out of the pickup truck and was “extraordinarily unsteady” on his ft, virtually falling backwards into the truck.
Lewis slurred his phrases, had glassy, bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol, cursed and was uncooperative and belligerent, in keeping with the report.
He refused to carry out a subject sobriety take a look at and repeatedly demanded the officer name Laurel County Sheriff John Root, in keeping with the report.
Lewis was taken to Saint Joseph-London Hospital, the place he refused to take a blood take a look at to find out his blood-alcohol stage, in keeping with the report.
He was arrested and brought to the Laurel County Detention Middle.
Lewis represents Laurel and Clay counties and a part of Leslie County.
The Kentucky Home adjourned round 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, ending the 2020 legislative session. Lewis was arrested in London at 1:36 a.m., in keeping with the report.