Richie Farmer arrested for DUI, court date announced

Published: Mar. 22, 2018 at 7:01 PM EDT
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Former Kentucky basketball player and Agriculture Commissioner of Kentucky Richie Farmer was in jail after London Police arrested him for DUI.

Farmer was booked in the Laurel County Detention Center at 6:34 p.m. after being arrested on Thursday. A city worker followed Farmer and watched as his Lincoln MKZ crossed the center line several times. Several drivers called 911 when they saw him driving erratically on the Hal Rogers Parkway.

One distressed 911 caller said this:

The city worker told police Farmer almost caused a head-on crash near the 192 and Hal Rogers Parkway intersection.

"I don't know if he is drunk. The way he's driving he seems drunk," another 911 caller said.

Police say Farmer had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes when they stopped him on I-75. He failed a field sobriety test and admitted to taking two Hydrocodone pills and two somas, which are muscle relaxers, without eating. He refused a blood test.

Farmer was taken to jail and released a few hours later. He will appear in Laurel District Court on April 2.

Farmer served a 27-month sentence for misappropriating government resources while in office, including having state workers build a basketball court for him at his house. Farmer pleaded guilty in federal court and circuit court in the fall of 2013 to government corruption charges. He reported to the United States Penitentiary-Hazelton in Brucetown, West Virginia in March 2014.

In addition, Farmer was ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution.

Farmer was Ag Commissioner from 2004 to 2011. He is best known for leading Clay County to a state championship in the late 1980s before playing at the University of Kentucky. He was a member of the 1991-92 University of Kentucky basketball team nicknamed "The Unforgettables."