By Shawntaye Hopkins – firstname.lastname@example.org
A Georgetown man who is seeking a state House seat in the Nov. 2 election is scheduled to appear in Fayette District Court Thursday to answer a charge of reckless driving, according to court records.
A police report said Ryan Quarles, 26, was arrested near North Mill and West Short streets in Lexington about 3:10 a.m. Saturday. Quarles was driving a black Jeep Cherokee through a parking lot, weaving through cars, the uniform citation said.
The report said Quarles showed signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol level of .067 when given a breath test. His blood alcohol level was below the legal limit of .08.
Quarles, a Republican challenging Democratic state Rep. Charlie Hoffman in the 62nd House District race, is a recent University of Kentucky law school graduate.
In a statement, Quarles said his attorney has told him the arrest was “highly unusual.”
“I was given a traffic citation for driving slowly in a parking lot,” Quarles said. “A Lexington police officer chose to arrest me after I approached him to ask for directions about how to exit the lot which had been blocked due to WEG festivities.”
Quarles said he is reviewing “how best to defend my good name.”
Previously, Quarles has worked for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.
Quarles has been released from the Fayette County jail on bond.
Hat tip: Page One Kentucky