Well-known Lexington businessman, civic leader charged with DUI

Alan Stein was a moderator during a 2016 Commerce Lexington's Good Morning Bluegrass event.
Alan Stein was a moderator during a 2016 Commerce Lexington's Good Morning Bluegrass event.

A well-known Lexington businessman and civic leader resigned his position with a downtown group after he was arrested Saturday night and charged with driving under the influence, according to interviews and court documents.

Alan Marcus Stein, 65, was taken to the Fayette County Detention Center and held for eight hours before being released, according to court documents.

Stein was stopped on Seventh Street near Shropshire Avenue just after 9 p.m. Saturday when a police officer saw a known prostitute exit the passenger side of his vehicle, according to his arrest citation. Stein reportedly told the officer he had been flagged down by the woman and had stopped to talk with her.

The officer who stopped Stein noted he had bloodshot eyes and that his face was flushed, according to court documents. Stein failed a field sobriety test and a breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .103, .023 over the legal limit, according to his arrest citation.

Stein told his arresting officer that he’d just left a benefit with the University of Kentucky football coach and was on his way to his office on Jefferson Street when he was stopped, according to the arrest report. Stein admitted to the officer that he had been drinking until about 8 p.m., according to court records.

“I regret the incident from Saturday night, I clearly made a mistake,” Stein told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday.

Last year, Stein was chairman of the board of directors for Commerce Lexington and is listed as a current board member on the group’s website.

Stein was the president and CEO of the Lexington Legends until his retirement in 2011.

Earlier this summer, Stein was hired as the interim executive director of the Downtown Lexington Partnership, a merger of the Downtown Lexington Corporation and the Lexington Downtown Development Authority. Stein resigned from the position on Monday.

Stein’s position was temporary and the Downtown Lexington Partnership was already in the process of searching for a permanent leader when Stein resigned, said Steve Grossman, chairman of the board for the organization.

“We really appreciate all that he did because it took a load off us,” Grossman said. “We’re moving forward and we’ve pretty much got this thing completed.”

Stein is currently the president and CEO of SteinGroup, which works in crisis and reputation management, leadership development and consulting, according to the group’s website.