UK assistant basketball coach pleads not guilty to DUI

A University of Kentucky assistant basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rod Strickland, 43, of Lexington was arraigned Thursday in Fayette District Court. Strickland did not appear in court; his attorney, Jim Lowry of Lexington, entered the plea on his behalf.

Strickland was arrested about 3 a.m. Sunday at Tates Creek and New Circle roads after an officer saw Strickland run a red light, according to documents filed in Fayette District Court. The officer administered several tests for alcohol intoxication, and Strickland failed, the report said. The officer noted in his report that Strickland smelled of alcohol. Strickland refused a breath test, according to the report.

Strickland also is charged with disregarding a traffic light, failure to maintain insurance and improper registration.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 12.