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Russell Co. official pleads guilty to DUI

Tony Kerr addressing reporters after his court appearance. Tony Kerr addressing reporters after his court appearance.
Kerr entering his plea before Judge Sheila Collins. Kerr entering his plea before Judge Sheila Collins.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Russell County Circuit Court Clerk found himself on the other side of the judge Monday morning in Jefferson County.

Tony Kerr was charged with DUI on October 21 when officers found him asleep behind the wheel around 5 a.m. at Campbell and East Main Streets.

"I had gone out with friends to a ball game, and they had left me and they weren't supposed to, and we went to a club and had some drinks which I shouldn't have had," Kerr explained.

Judge Sheila Collins sentenced Kerr to 180 days in jail, 10 of those on home incarceration and 170 discharged on good behavior for two years. Collins also ordered him to give up his license for a year after he pleaded guilty to his second DUI in recent years.

Collins ordered Kerr to seek alcohol treatment in Russell County. This is his fourth DUI since 1997, the first two have since fallen off his record, but he says the alcohol treatment will be good for him.

"This certainly is a dark chapter in my life and a mistake that I've made," said Kerr.

Despite his attorney's advice, Kerr decided to plead guilty in court.

"I feel that as an elected official, as a leader of my community, as a father, and as a Christian, I need to take responsibility for that and that's what I've done," said Kerr

As he works on his recovery, Kerr said hopefully he can help others too.

"This may be a chance for me to help people that I serve, and that I deal with everyday in my office," said Kerr. "I see people who have issues and I can recommend things to them."

During the home incarceration period Kerr can go to work and to alcohol treatment sessions.

Kerr has hired himself a driver.

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