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Nov 16, 2012 11:21 AM

Former Lexington Police Officer Admits To Hitting Woman With Car While Under The Influence

A former Lexington Police officer accused of being under the influence when he hit a pedestrian walking along the Legacy Trail in March has pled guilty to all charges against him.

Investigators say former Lexington Police Department officer Keith Todd, 43, was likely drunk and on drugs when he drove his Mercedes onto the path near the Coldwater Creek research farm. Todd hit Penelope Bentley as she walked along the path with a friend.

EMS took the victim to UK Hospital. Officials say she underwent surgery and was released.

Penny Bentley was a friend of Amanda Ross, the woman murdered by former state lawmaker Steve Nunn. She appeared on an ABC-TV special documenting the murder investigation.

Police say Todd told officers he was on his way home from Crittenden County at the time. They arrested him and charged him with DUI and assault.

Officials confirmed Todd left the police department in 2010. A post on his Facebook page indicates he worked with the forensics unit.

According to a 2009 Herald Leader article, this is not the first time Todd has had issues with alcohol. Court documents indicate that in March 2006, Todd was at home drinking and took sleeping pills. His wife called an ambulance and he spent five days in the hospital, the paper reported. Todd attended a private alcohol treatment program and was then required to undergo an evaluation to determine his fitness for duty as a police officer. According to the Herald Leader, the psychologist recommended he attend AA meetings and undergo drug screening.

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