Rand Paul’s Son Arrested for DUI

By Zachary Siegel 04/23/15

The son of the Republican senator and presidential hopeful allegedly hit a parked car while drunk.

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Looks like Sen. Rand Paul's son is in trouble with the law again.

Sources confirm that William Paul, 22, son of Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, was cited for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Police say that William was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car that reeked of alcohol, which had allegedly collided with a parked car. The report reads:

Police say that Paul smelled of alcohol and had “bloodshot, watery eyes.” The citation also said that William Paul was behaving in a “belligerent” manner and had slurred speech.

A witness told police that she had spotted William Paul sitting at the intersection of Woodland Ave and Old Vine revving the engine of his car. A few minutes later that same witness heard a loud crash.

Paul was later admitted to a nearby hospital where he refused a breathalyzer and blood test. According to the citation, Paul also failed his field sobriety test. Because he went straight to the hospital he was not arrested.

This is not the first time the senator’s son has been confronted with the law. In 2013, William was cited for possession of alcohol when he was a minor. That same year, he was charged with “simple assault” of a flight attendant at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. On that same flight, he was also charged with being disorderly and intoxicated when the flight landed. After completing a diversion program, the charge were dropped.

The senator's office declined to comment, telling an LEX 18 reporter that he does not comment on his family affairs.

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Zachary Siegel is a freelance journalist specializing in science, health and drug policy. His reporting has also appeared in Slate, The Daily Beast, Salon, Huffington Post, among others. He writes often about addiction, sometimes drawing from his own experience. You can find out more about Zachary on Linkedin or follow him on Twitter.