4/23/15, "Rand Paul's son cited for DUI after car crash," USA Today, William M. Welch
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Authorities in Lexington, Ky., said William Hilton Paul crashed a maroon 2006 Honda Ridgeline truck into an unoccupied car at 11:24 a.m. Sunday. Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Paul was treated at the University of Kentucky hospital for minor injuries to his face. She said Paul was cited for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain insurance.
A spokesman for Rand Paul's presidential campaign said it had no comment.
The charges mark the third time that William Paul has had a run-in with the law involving alcohol, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on its site Kentucky.com.
Paul, a senior majoring in communications at the University of Kentucky, was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor in October 2013 at the Keeneland horse racetrack.
In January of that year, he was arrested at the airport in Charlotte, N.C., and charged with simple assault of a 22-year-old flight attendant, consuming beer or wine underage, disorderly conduct and being intoxicated and disruptive on a US Airways flight.
The Charlotte charges were dismissed later under a deferred prosecution program for first time offenders, after William Paul completed alcohol education classes and 150 hours of community service, the newspaper reported.
Paul is scheduled to be arraigned on the latest charges May 12 in Fayette District Court.
According to the citation, Lexington police found Paul in the driver's seat of the truck after it collided with a parked vehicle. The report said Paul was "belligerent" and had "a strong odor of alcohol," bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, Kentucky.com reported. He failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a blood test, according to the citation."
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""Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's son has been cited for driving under the influence of alcohol. In January 2013, William Paul faced an assault charge against a flight attendant as well as underage drinking. Those charges were later dropped. VPC"
4/22/15, "Rand Paul's son cited for DUI in Lexington," kentucky.com, By Justin Madden and Sam Youngman
"William Hilton Paul, the 22-year-old son of Republican presidential contender Rand Paul, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol just before noon Sunday after he hit the back of a parked vehicle on Woodland Avenue.
This is the third time William Paul has had a run-in with the law because of alcohol use.
A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign said the senator "does not comment on any private matters in regards to his family."
According to the citation, Lexington police found Paul at 11:24 a.m. sitting in the driver's seat of a maroon 2006 Honda Ridgeline that had collided with a parked vehicle at 147 Woodland Avenue. The report said Paul was "belligerent" and had "a strong odor of alcohol," bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.
A witness told police that just before the collision, Paul had been "revving his engine" while sitting alone in the truck, which was perpendicular in the intersection of Old Vine and Woodland.
The witness "then heard a loud crash," according to the police citation.
Paul failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a blood test, according to the citation.
He was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital to be treated for minor facial injuries that occurred during the wreck, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
Paul was charged at the hospital with DUI and failure to maintain required auto insurance, Roberts said. Paul was not taken to jail because he was being treated for his injuries, she said.
No one was inside the parked car.
Paul, a senior at UK majoring in communications, is scheduled to be arraigned in Fayette District Court on May 12.
In October 2013, Paul was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which was conducting a "targeted enforcement detail" at Keeneland racetrack.
In January 2013, Paul was arrested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. He was charged with simple assault of a 22-year-old female flight attendant, consuming beer/wine underage, disorderly conduct, and being intoxicated and disruptive when his US Airways flight arrived at the airport.
Those charges were dismissed in August 2013 as part of a deferred prosecution program, according to Meghan Cooke, a spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County district attorney's office. Before the charges were dismissed, William Paul completed alcohol education classes in Kentucky and 150 hours of community service, Cooke said.
"Mr. Paul had no prior criminal record, and the manner in which his case was handled is consistent with how the D.A.'s office handles first-time offender cases involving alcohol abuse," she said in a written statement."