Spokeswoman for Kentucky Republican Party charged with DUI

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comJuly 28, 2013 

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The spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky was arrested Saturday night for driving under the influence, according to jail records.

Kelsey Cooper, who was hired by the Republican Party earlier this year, was arrested by Lexington police. Lexington-Fayette Urban County jail records show Cooper was released Sunday. She did not respond to emails or phone messages about the arrest Sunday.

Party officials issued a statement Monday saying that Cooper has been suspended without pay for two weeks.

Details of the arrest were not available Sunday. The citation had not been filed in Fayette District Court on Sunday night, and Lexington police did not return calls seeking additional information.

WKYT-TV in Lexington reported that Cooper stopped behind Lexington police officers on Saturday evening and said she was lost. The officers smelled alcohol on Cooper and performed field sobriety tests, which Cooper allegedly failed, according to the TV station.

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