Jessamine County sheriff pleads guilty to DUI, will continue serving KSA board

Published 3:13 pm Monday, October 4, 2021

Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman entered a guilty plea Monday morning for driving under the influence.

Corman will have his license suspended and will have to pay a fine of around $800 after court costs. The sheriff’s office said Corman will not be able to drive for at least a couple of weeks until he can apply for a hardship license which would allow him to drive for work purposes only.

“I would like to apologize to my family, friends, staff, and fellow citizens of Jessamine for my error in judgment on September 10th,” said Corman in a written statement. “Thinking I was not impaired that night was a mistake, and I sincerely hope that the people of this community can accept my apology. I am truly thankful for the outpouring of support and friendship I have received during this time. It has been truly overwhelming, and I am truly thankful for your prayers and support.”

According to Nicholasville police, Corman was driving a sheriff’s department vehicle the night of Sept. 10 with an open alcoholic beverage.

Police searched the Sulpher Well area after reports of a white SUV with official tags driving recklessly near East Jessamine High School. The vehicle described was found on East Maple Street in a church parking lot.

According to the citation, the vehicle drove off, crossing the center line on the road multiple times. An officer initiated a traffic stop and the driver of the vehicle pulled into the driveway of Corman’s home.

Officers reported a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Allegedly, Corman had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He agreed to a sobriety test, which he reportedly failed after losing balance numerous times.

According to officers, Corman admitted to having a cup of bourbon in the vehicle. He agreed to a breathalyzer test, which returned with a result of a .136 blood-alcohol level. When he was tested again at the Jessamine County Detention Center, the result came back as a .107 blood-alcohol level.

In spite of his arrest, Corman will continue to serve on the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association (KSA) board of directors in 2022. In a Sept. 29 press release, Jerry Wagner, KSA executive director said the following:

“Sheriff Corman is most deserving and has always represented Kentucky Sheriffs, along with the citizens of Jessamine County and the Commonwealth during his tenure. The KSA strives to better the office of sheriff by keeping sheriffs abreast of what is going on in the law enforcement community with ongoing training and legislation, which helps in serving Kentucky’s citizens.”