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New details in LaRue superintendent's DUI arrest; wife was 'borderline disorderly'

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Sam Sanders (Source: LaRue County Schools) Sam Sanders (Source: LaRue County Schools)

HODGENVILLE, KY (WAVE) - New information came to light Monday following the weekend arrest of LaRue County Schools superintendent Samuel D. Sanders on a drunk driving charge.

According to the arrest report obtained from the Hodgenville Police Department, the arresting officer was driving north on Lincoln Boulevard around 12:40 a.m. Saturday when he observed a white sedan turn off Waters Street into the path of an oncoming car. The officer said the other driver had to apply the brakes.

Officer James Richardson said the white car sped off at high rate of speed and turned left onto Toniville Road. The car was clocked at 50 miles-per-hour in a 35 mph zone.

Richardson pulled the car over as the driver turned onto Civils Loop. Sanders exited the vehicle, according to the officer, who said the superintendent had a 1,000-yard stare, bloodshot eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol.

Sanders told Richardson he'd had nothing to drink and agreed to a Breathalyzer test. Richardson said Sanders blew into the tube but failed to blow long enough and wouldn't make a good seal around the tube, blowing out of the corners of his lips. Richardson said he captured the sample manually and it started climbing rapidly. Richardson said he let go of the button when it reached .08, the legal limit for driving under the influence in Kentucky. Richardson said the test was not a "full sample."

Richardson then administered a field sobriety test. He said Sanders used the trunk of the car for balance during while trying to stand on one leg and failed other portions of the test.

Upon reading Sanders his rights, Richardson said he asked the superintendent how long it had been since he drank alcohol. Sanders stated, "Not long," according to the arrest report, but he made no other comments.

The arrest report states Sanders' wife arrived on the scene as the officer was arresting the superintendent. Richardson described her as "borderline disorderly," stating she went "so far as to attempt to open the car door on my vehicle."

Richardson said he locked Sanders' car and gave his wife the keys before transporting Sam Sanders to the police department where he refused to submit to another breath test.

During a 20-minute observation period, the arrest report states, Mrs. Sanders arrived at the police station, beating on the front door. Richardson said Mrs. Sanders was advised to have a seat and told she could talk to her husband when officers were finished with him. She also was stopped at the back door and told the same thing, according to the report. Police said Mrs. Sanders was still disorderly and made accusations that officers had been watching her husband and that she knew all about it.

When the Sanderses were able to make contact with one another, Mr. Sanders asked his wife to call the mayor, police said. The superintendent was then transported to the LaRue County Detention Center without further incident.

Sanders is charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and speeding 15 mhp over the speed limit.

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