April 15, 2014

Man gets double DUI

Arrested for same offense twice in one day


Twice is not always as nice, as a Laurel man learned after being arrested for DUI two times in the same day.

Timothy L. Fugate, 57, of Maple Grove School Road in London, is set for a May 20 hearing in Laurel District Court for two separate cases of driving under the influence of intoxicants — both of which were levied on the same day.

The saga for Fugate began early Tuesday morning when Kentucky State Police Trooper Chris Saunders observed Fugate’s vehicle exceeding the speed limit in front of Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School on Keavy Road (Ky. 363) around 2:39 a.m. Saunders’ report states the vehicle was traveling at 71 mph in a 55 mph zone. While pursuing the vehicle, Saunders noted the speeder slowed down, nearly coming to a stop several times and almost drove into the ditch on the right-hand side of the roadway several times. Once the vehicle turned onto Maple Grove School Road, Saunders initiated a traffic stop.

Saunders’ report states Fugate was talking with him, with a cigarette with the tobacco end in his mouth. Fugate allegedly had dilated pupils which were not light reactive. He was unsteady on his feet, using his arms for balance and, while trying to do a leg stand, Fugate nearly fell several times within the first five seconds. He was also unable to complete the walk and turn portion of a field sobriety test. Fugate put his hands in his pockets and would not stand with one foot in front of the other. He was unable to do the heel to toe test, failing five of nine times and then stopping the test completely after his ninth try.

Fugate reportedly told Saunders he had taken a Percocet and then took a Valium after that, then said he had been running earlier and his ankles were hurting him. He also refused a blood test at the jail.

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