Rand Paul’s son charged with DUI



By Will Wright

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Rand Paul’s son, William Hilton Paul, a UK student, was charged with driving under the influence on Sunday afternoon after allegedly hitting an unoccupied parked car on Woodland Avenue, according to a police report.

Lexington police officers responded to a call at 11:24 a.m. on Sunday in response to a vehicle collision on the 100 block of Woodland Avenue, Lexington Police spokesperson Sherelle Roberts said.

Police found Paul in the driver’s seat of a maroon-colored 2006 Honda Ridgeline with minor injuries to his face, Roberts said. Paul was then transported to UK Chandler Hospital.

“A witness observed the subject in the vehicle alone, sitting perpendicular in the intersection of Old Vine and Woodland, revving his engine. Witness then heard a loud crash,” the police report reads.

Paul, 22, “had bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and was belligerent,” according to the police report. Upon contact with Paul, police smelled a strong odor of alcohol, according to the police report.

Paul was also charged with failure of non-owner/operator to maintain insurance. A court appearance was scheduled for May 12, according to the police report.

This is not the first time the U.S. Presidential candidate’s son has been in trouble with the law. In January 2013, William Paul was arrested and charged with underage drinking and simple assault after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina. Paul was also charged disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

Carl Overton, who lives near the scene of the accident, said he was eating breakfast when he heard a loud crash on the street.

“It was a huge crash, actually,” Overton said. “It sounded like two cars.”

Overton’s neighbor’s car had been pushed more than 10 feet from its parking spot by what he described as a red truck. The car was smashed in the front from where it was rammed into a tree, and in the back where the other vehicle hit. When Overton went to see if everyone was OK, he saw Paul sitting in the drivers seat with a bloody face.

“His face was smashed up pretty bad by the airbag,” Overton said. “He told me he was going to Keeneland to get his jacket. He asked about the other car and if everyone was alright.”

Paul did not give Overton his name and seemed disoriented, Overton said. Within minutes, an ambulance and police arrived on the scene to find the Paul still behind the driver’s seat.

“I could smell alcohol and he was slurring his speech,” Overton said. “It wasn’t long before (paramedics) put him onto a stretcher and started cleaning up.”

The Kentucky Kernel was not able to reach Rand Paul’s Lexington office or his office in Washington, D.C., for comment on Sunday’s arrest.

Rand Paul’s office issued a statement after William Paul’s arrest in 2013.

“Sen. Paul is a national public figure and subject to scrutiny in the public arena. However, as many parents with teenagers would understand. His family should be afforded the privacy and respect in a situation such as this,” the statement said.