Ex-Lexington cop accused of hitting walker pleads guilty to DUI, other charges

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comNovember 16, 2012 

A former Lexington police officer pleaded guilty Friday to driving under the influence and several other charges stemming from his hitting a woman in March as she walked along Lexington's Legacy Trail.

Keith Todd was driving a white 2001 Mercedes when he hit Penny Bentley who was walking on the North Lexington path, which is for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. Bentley's leg was broken and she suffered other injuries.

Cars are not supposed to drive on the path.

Lexington police said the former officer was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he mistakenly got onto the trail and drove for at least a third of a mile. A breath test showed Todd's blood-alcohol level was 0.084, according to court documents. The state's legal driving limit is 0.08.

Court records show that Todd, 43, also pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, wanton endangerment, tampering with evidence and four counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. The controlled substance was Zolpidem which is sold under the brand name Ambien. It is a prescription medication used for the treatment of insomnia.

Todd was receiving prescriptions from three physicians and did not tell them about the other prescriptions, according to court records.

Todd faced a maximum of 20 years in prison, according to his petition to plead guilty. Prosecutors recommended a 17-year sentence, plus $200 in fines and court costs.

Bentley, in a telephone interview after the guilty plea, said she was glad he admitted his guilt.

"I hope he gets some help," Bentley said.

Bentley said she is still facing at least one surgery as a result of her injuries and some dental work.

"I've still got a long way to go," she said.

Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine scheduled sentencing for Jan. 11.

Herald-Leader reporter Josh Kegley contributed to this story. Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears

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