NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman has pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence.
Corman was arrested on September 10 after he was seen swerving in his vehicle and being unable to maintain a lane, according to police. The arresting officer reported that Corman showed signs of intoxication, smelled of alcohol, and had a cup of bourbon in the center console of his vehicle, according to his arrest citation. Nicholasville police said Corman was driving his sheriff's department vehicle at the time. His blood-alcohol level was 0.107, according to his citation.
Corman was initially charged with careless driving and possession of an open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle in addition to the driving under the influence charge. During his hearing on October 4, those charges merged, and Corman pleaded guilty only to the count of DUI.
"I would like to apologize to my family, friends, staff, and fellow citizens of Jessamine County for my error in judgement on September 10th," wrote Corman in a statement. "Thinking I was not impaired that night was a mistake, and I sincerely hope that the people of this community can accept my apology. I am truly thankful for the outpouring of support and friendship
I have received during this time. It has truly been overwhelming, and I am truly thankful for your prayers and support."
Corman's license was taken during the hearing for a 6-month suspension. He has the option to apply for an interlock device in the next thirty days, which could allow him to shorten his suspension.
Corman was ordered to pay a $200 fine. After court costs, he'll be expected to pay about $840.
A specially-appointed judge, William "Bo" Leach, presided over the hearing Monday. Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts was appointed by the Kentucky Attorney General's office to serve as a special prosecutor on the case.
Corman has been sheriff in Jessamine County for over a decade.