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City cops charge Gillispie with DUI

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Former UK coach arraigned in district court, enters not guilty plea

By The Staff

Former University of Kentucky men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie was arrested and charged with driving under the influence this morning by Lawrenceburg police.

Police received a report of an erratic driver with Texas plates heading north on US 127 early Thursday morning. When responding to the call, police pulled over the vehicle near Emma B. Ward Elementary School. Sgt. Chad Powell was the arresting officer.

Gillispie had one passenger in his car. That passenger was also arrested.

Gillispie was arraigned in Anderson County District Court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Wearing a Tennessee orange, jail-issued jumpsuit, he appeared via teleconference from the Franklin County Regional Jail.

Local attorney Bill Patrick represented Gillispie in court, although he said he hadn't had any contact with him and was instead contacted by a third party.

County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis is prosecuting the case.

Gillispie pleaded not guilty to the charge. As a result, his right to drive in the commonwealth of Kentucky was suspended for a maximum of 120 days. Gillispie currently has a Texas driver's license, so the license itself was not suspended.

Gillispie was to be released on his own recognizance.

Reportedly, Gillispie has been charged with DUI twice before. One time he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving. With the second encounter, the charges were eventually dropped.

An informal pretrial conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sept. 23, and a formal court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 5.

More details will be posted at www.theandersonnews.com as they become available. See the Sept. 2 issue of The Anderson News for the full story.

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