Politics & Government

Rand Paul's son cited for alcohol possession by a minor at Keeneland

William Hilton Paul. Photo from January 2013.
William Hilton Paul. Photo from January 2013.

A son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was cited Friday for possession of alcohol by a minor at Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, according to the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The incident is the second time this year that William Hilton Paul, the eldest son of the potential Republican presidential candidate from Bowling Green, has been charged with alcohol-related violations.

On Friday, ABC agents cited William Paul while conducting a "targeted enforcement detail" at Keeneland, according to ABC spokesman Dick Brown. He said no further details about the incident were available.

William Paul, 20, a full-time student at the University of Kentucky, can answer the citation in Fayette District Court on Nov. 15, or he can pay a $25 fine and court costs in advance, Brown said.

Moira Bagley, a spokeswoman for Rand Paul, had no comment Friday on the citation.

Friday was "College Scholarship Day" at Keeneland. Admission was free for full-time college students, a "College Zone" provided free snacks and music, and students could register for various prizes, including scholarships.

Amy Gregory, a spokeswoman for Keeneland, declined to comment about the citation or about Keeneland's policies and procedures related to underage drinking,

In January, William Paul, who was 19 at the time and a sophomore at UK, was arrested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. He was charged with simple assault of a 22-year-old female flight attendant, consuming beer/wine underage, disorderly conduct, and being intoxicated and disruptive when his US Airways flight arrived at the airport.

Those charges were dismissed in August as part of a deferred prosecution program, according to Meghan Cooke, a spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office. Before the charges were dismissed, William Paul completed alcohol education classes in Kentucky, as well as 150 hours of community service, Cooke said.

"Mr. Paul had no prior criminal record, and the manner in which his case was handled is consistent with how the DA's Office handles first-time offender cases involving alcohol abuse," she said in a written statement.

Related stories from Lexington Herald Leader