President of Nurses Registry to report to jail for DUI

Nurses registry owner will serve 18 days

jkegley@herald-leader.comMarch 18, 2011 

Lennie House, who owns Nurses Registry. Photo Provided

The president of Nurses Registry and Home Health Corp. is scheduled to report to jail at 7 p.m. Friday to serve time for driving under the influence.

Lennie G. House entered an Alford plea March 11 on his second DUI charge in Lexington, meaning he did not admit guilt but acknowledged there was enough evidence for a jury to convict him, according to documents filed in Fayette District Court.

House was sentenced to serve 18 days. He already has served two days, leaving him with 16 days to serve, Fayette County Jail spokeswoman Jennifer Taylor said.

House was first charged with DUI in 2006 in Lexington. That case was appealed to the Kentucky Supreme Court and later U.S. District Court. On March 3, U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell denied House a writ of habeas corpus, according to court records.

House's lawyer, Tom Bullock, said the case was appealed because there was concern that the Intoxilyzer 5000, the machine used to measure House's blood-alcohol level, has been ruled to be error-prone in other jurisdictions.

According to a Washington Post article from March 7, 2010, a Washington, D.C., attorney general admitted the Intoxilyzer might not produce accurate results. Two years' worth of DUI convictions in Washington are being reviewed by courts in light of the findings.

House had asked the courts to allow an expert to examine the Intoxilyzer 5000 for errors that could have caused it to produce inaccurate results, according to federal court documents.

House's second DUI was in December 2009, while his first case was under appeal, according to court records. He was pulled over on Interstate 64 after swerving and nearly hitting state Trooper Justin Sams' patrol car, according to a criminal complaint summons filled out by Sams.

House is the former owner of the Kentucky Horsemen indoor football team. He regularly appears in commercials for Nurses Registry alongside University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari and former UK coach Joe B. Hall.

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