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Third DUI Arrest For Gillispie

Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillespie was stopped for a drunken driving related offense in Lawrenceburg.
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Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillespie was stopped for a drunken driving related offense in Lawrenceburg.

This is the third time Gillispie's been charged with a drunken driving related offense.

According to an arrest report, Gillispie was clocked doing nearly 20 miles over the speed limit and swerving.

The officer said Gillispie denied drinking.

The officer claims Gillispie finally stopped more than a half mile after he turned on his lights.

According to the police report, Gillispie was searching through his trunk looking for an insurance card when an officer asked if he had been drinking. Gillispie responded that he'd been golfing all day long.

"This is a traffic stop. It's a DUI," said Lawrenceburg city attorney Robert Myles. "It warrants no more attention or less attention than any other stop."

Yet it has warranted attention from UK fans across the Bluegrass. Many expressed some sort of sympathy.

"Billy's apparently struggled with an alcohol problem, as I have myself, and I've been relieved of that demon by God, and so I lift him in prayer and hope that the same would happen for Billy," said UK fan Gary Sims.

Gillispie was arrested in 1999 for a DWI in Tulsa and pleaded guilty to lesser charge. In 2003, he was arrested in Texas for suspicion of DUI, but that charged was dropped.

A judge arraigned Gillispie Thursday and suspended his driving privileges in Kentucky. He was escorted from jail by an attorney while talking on a cell phone, but offered no comment to anyone else.

"We're just going to try to make sure he gets back safely and has an uneventful ride home," said Darran Winslow, his attorney.

A man named Charles O'Conner was a passenger in the car and was charged with public intoxication.

Gillispie was released on his own recognizance. His next court appearance is scheduled for October.

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