Simpson County magistrate charged with DUI

FRANKLIN, Ky. – A Simpson County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Simpson County Magistrate Marty Chandler Thursday on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs second offense.

A deputy noticed Chandler’s vehicle at 12:59 a.m. Thursday on Blackjack Road and took note that the vehicle’s license plate was not illuminated, according to his arrest citation. The deputy followed the vehicle and said in the citation that the vehicle failed to maintain its lane of travel.

The deputy pulled the vehicle over. Chandler was driving. When talking to Chandler, the deputy could smell alcohol on him, according to the citation.

Chandler was given a field sobriety test and showed signs of impairment, according to his citation. Chandler told the deputy he had consumed three beers.

He was arrested and lodged in the Simpson County Detention Center. He posted a $1,500 surety bond and was released later that day. He is scheduled to appear in Simpson District Court Dec. 5.

Chandler pleaded guilty to a prior DUI in 2011.

Chandler does not have a publicly listed telephone number, and Simpson Circuit Court Clerk records do not show an attorney of record for him.