Superintendent charged with DUI, speeding

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Landmark News Service

Hodgenville police arrested LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol shortly after midnight Saturday.

Sanders, who also was charged with speeding, was driving a school-owned car, according to Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson. The arrest occurred about 40 minutes after midnight Saturday.

Bardstown attorney Doug Hubbard spoke on behalf of Sanders, saying he was asked to represent the superintendent.

“Our families go back a long way,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard said he could not comment on the case because he had yet to see the paperwork of the arrest and didn’t know enough about it.

According to a report written by Hodgenville police officer James Richardson, a white passenger car pulled out from Waters Street in front of another vehicle traveling on North Lincoln Boulevard. Richardson reported the second motorist had to apply the brakes.

Richardson’s narrative said, “The white sedan then sped off at a high rate of speed.”

As he caught up to the vehicle, Richardson said, he saw the vehicle turn left onto Tonieville Road and he followed it. On radar, he said, the vehicle was tracked at 50 mph and gaining in the 35 mph zone.

After the vehicle turned onto Civils Loop, Richardson pulled it over.

Richardson said Sanders, 51, got out of the vehicle and the police officer wrote that he “observed him to have a 1,000 yard stare and his eyes were bloodshot.”

Richardson also reported Sanders had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

The report said Sanders submitted to a field sobriety test and blew into the tube but failed to blow long enough and wouldn’t make a good seal around the tube, “blowing out the corner of his lips.”

Richardson reported he “captured the sample manually,” letting go of the button at .08, which is the legal limit for DUI. The report noted standardized field sobriety tests were performed with results noted.

Sanders was taken to LaRue County Detention Center for booking and released shortly after, Johnson said. Sanders refused a Breathalyzer test while at the station, according to police.

A special meeting of the LaRue County School Board has been called for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Central Office.