A Georgetown man who is seeking a state House seat in the Nov. 2 election pleaded not guilty Thursday to reckless driving, according the Fayette District Court clerk's office.
Ryan Quarles, 26, was arraigned Thursday morning in district court. He was arrested near North Mill and West Short streets in Lexington about 3:10 a.m. Saturday, a police report said. The report said Quarles was driving a black Jeep Cherokee through a parking lot, weaving through cars. Quarles showed signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol level of 0.067 when given a breath test, the report said. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.
Quarles, a Republican challenging Democratic state Rep. Charlie Hoffman in the 62nd House District, is a recent University of Kentucky law school graduate.
Previously, Quarles has worked for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.
Quarles has been released from the Fayette County jail on bond.
Quarles is expected to return to court Oct. 13 for a preliminary hearing.