State Sen. Brandon Smith arrested for DUI Tuesday

01/07/2015 03:00 PM

FRANKFORT — State Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, is spending his first week back in the state Capitol becoming reacquainted with the Kentucky State Police — the 47-year old lawmaker was arrested Tuesday evening for driving under the influence.

WYMT-TV was first to report the arrest which occurred around 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Initial reports say the Kentucky State Police pulled Smith over for speeding and suspected Smith had been drinking. Smith refused a breathalyzer and was booked by KSP.

When asked about the incident in the state Capitol Wednesday, Smith said he wanted to talk about the incident but refused under advice from his legal counsel.

Smith said he did not think the incident would cause him any political duress.

“I think the people in my district know me. I’ve run up there. I’ve coached their kids and they’ve been my neighbors,” Smith said.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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