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Kentucky lawmaker cited for going 109 mph on I-75 in Lexington

After taking the oath of office in January, state Rep. Regina Bunch took her seat at the Capitol. She won a special election to replace her husband, Dewayne, who had sustained a brain injury.
After taking the oath of office in January, state Rep. Regina Bunch took her seat at the Capitol. She won a special election to replace her husband, Dewayne, who had sustained a brain injury.

FRANKFORT — State Rep. Regina Bunch, R-Williamsburg, was cited shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by Lexington police for traveling 109 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone on I-75 near the 108-mile marker.

Bunch, who represents the 82nd House District of Whitley and part of Laurel County, said in a telephone interview that she did not think she was going that fast "because I was traveling with the traffic."

"I try to live by the letter of the law and I know I wasn't going that fast," said Bunch, who plans to contest the ticket in court on July 1.

Lexington police also cited Bunch at 10:59 a.m. on Aug. 14 for traveling 91 mph on I-75 near the 108-mile marker. She also was cited for improper lane usage and following too closely. Those charges were dismissed with a warning.

Bunch's driving record with the state Transportation Cabinet showed no violations in the last five years.

Bunch, 50, won a special state House election in December 2011 to replace her husband, Dewayne Bunch, a math and science teacher who had been critically injured in April 2011 when trying to stop a fight between two students. He had been elected to the House in 2010. He died of his injuries last July.

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