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Epps arrested for DUI

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By Jesse Osbourne

Anthony Epps, Marion County High School boys basketball head coach, was arrested for driving under the influence Saturday morning, Oct. 23, near the neighborhood of Hamilton Heights in Lebanon.

The arresting officer, Sgt. Greg Young of the Lebanon Police Department, said he observed Epps driving on West Main Street in Lebanon. After observing his driving, he then decided to make a traffic stop. Young made the stop in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood at 2:06 a.m.

Young said he then conducted normal field tests and made an arrest based on the results of the field tests. According to Young and Kentucky law, a driver arrested for DUI has the opportunity to contact an attorney not less than 10 minutes or more than 15 minutes during an observation period prior to taking a breath, blood or urine test. Young said Epps used his opportunity to contact a lawyer. After contact with an attorney, Epps refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

Epps was hired in April as the Marion County High School boys basketball head coach.

Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith said no decision has been made about Epps' role as a coach or instructional aid at the school.

"Right now he's innocent until proven guilty," Smith said. "He has met with the players so he's taking a proactive role."

Smith said he has been out of town for most of the weekend and hasn't had time to gather all the necessary information.

"I'm going to look at everything and try to be fair and consistent," he said. "It's not a good thing but like with everything else, we'll try to turn a negative into a positive."

Smith did say that the board policy outlines a severe punishment for employees that transport students, such as bus drivers, if a DUI arrest is made. Epps does not serve such a role in the school system.

He does, however, serve as an offensive coordinator for the football team.

Marion County Football Head Coach Jeff Robbins said it was unclear at this juncture what Epps' role would be with the team.

"That decision is completely and totally up to the administration," Robbins said.

Epps did not return a voice message left for him on Sunday.