After David L. Warner Jr. won the Jessamine County Fair demolition derby on Wednesday night, police arrested him on a charge of driving under the influence and took him to jail.
According to a release from Nicholasville police, witnesses at the fair told police that "Warner had consumed several Bud Light beers while he was preparing to drive in the derby."
Police arrived at the derby after it had already begun and watched Warner driving in the event and getting out of his car afterward, the release said.
Warner was "very uncooperative with police and refused to take any field sobriety tests," the release said.
Warner told WKYT-TV (Channel 27) on Thursday that he drank a few beers before hitting the track, to "loosen me up," but he said it wasn't enough to warrant a DUI.
"I mean, I'm not denying I wasn't drinking by no means, but I was not drunk. I was under the limit," Warner told WKYT.
Warner, 36, of Nicholasville, was released from the Jessamine County jail Thursday on a $1,000 unsecured bond. A hearing in the case is scheduled for July 26 in Jessamine District Court.