City Commission candidate Doug McGaughey pleaded guilty this morning in district court to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Franklin District Judge Kathy Mangeot suspended his license for 30 days and ordered him to pay a $718 fine.
McGaughey was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol Monday night after testing for a .147 blood alcohol content, according to court records.
“I want to apologize to my support ers and to the citizens of Frankfort,” McGaughey said after his sentencing. “I’ve made a mistake. I’m going to continue to run with my campaign. I’m going to leave my fate in the voters’ hands.”
McGaughey also said he wasn’t impaired and wasn’t swerving. He said he was pulled over because the taillights on his truck were not on. He said the taillights do not come on automatically.
An officer pulled the 58-year-old over on Versailles Road for failure to have taillights, according to court records.
McGaughey, of 405 Wilkinson Ave., turned into a parking lot where he immediately got out of his car and walked to the rear of the vehicle, according to court records.
“He claimed he was getting signs out of the back of his car as he is running for city commission,” according to the citation.
The officer smelled alcohol, and McGaughey said he had one drink at his sister’s house, according the court file.
He was charged with having no tail lamps, using an improper signal, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to produce insurance, according to the records.
The no tail lamps charge and failure to produce insurance charges were dismissed this morning.
He is one of the 11 candidates in the May 22 primary for the City Commission. He owns Benson Valley Boat Storage and Repair.