Florence City Coordinator Richard Lunnemann to court for DUI charge

FLORENCE, Ky. - A Florence city official appeared in a Boone County courtroom Monday morning after he was arrested last week for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Florence City Coordinator Richard Lunnemann pre-trial court hearing Monday morning involving his DUI arrest was continued to May 13 at 8:30 a.m.

On April 11, a Boone County Sheriff's Deputy pulled over the 48-year-old at about 11:40 p.m. on Burlington Pike near McGrath Lane because his tail lamps weren't operating. The deputy said Lunnemann slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol. Lunnemann told the deputy he drank two beers at his brother's residence. When the deputy challenged Lunnemann's account, Lunnemann changed his story and said he drank four beers.

Lunnemann was given three sobriety tests and failed all of them, according to an arrest report.

Officials said Lunnemann was driving a city-issued vehicle at the time of his arrest. He was not conducting officials duties at the time, said Florence Mayor Diane Whalen. Lunnemann is not allowed to operate a city-owned vehicle at this time, she added.

Last week, WCPO Digital called Lunnemann for his comment, but he said his attorney advised him not to speak because the case is still pending.

In a statement Monday, Whalen said:

"This incident occurred after business hours and was not related to his city duties. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident and take any action deemed appropriate.

"Pending the final determination of the court case, Mr. Lunnemann will not be permitted to operate any city owned vehicle. Any further disciplinary action on the part of the city will not occur until the final court hearing has been held.

"The City of Florence is very attentive to ensuring all of its employees conduct themselves with the highest personal and professional conduct and does not take this matter lightly."

Lunnemann is out on $500 bond.

Lunnemmann is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m.

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