Former UK coach Billy Gillispie arrested on DUI charge

Former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie was arrested at 2:45 a.m. Thursday and charged with DUI, WLEX-TV in Lexington is reporting.

Gillispie was driving a white 2009 Mercedes with Texas tags and was pulled over after someone reported seeing the car driving erratically, the station reports. Sources say Gillispie refused to take a breathalyzer or blood alcohol test. The NBC affiliate shows video of a handcuffed Gillispie being transported to the Franklin County jail.

Police said a passenger, 42-year-old Charles O'Conner was also arrested and charged with intoxication. Both men were taken to Franklin County jail.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported about two prior incidents involving alcohol when Gillispie was hired at Kentucky. In 1999, Gillispie was arrested on two charges: driving while intoxicated and improper use of a lane in Tulsa, Okla. He pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving, and other charges were dismissed.

In 2003, in his first year at the University of Texas-El Paso, Gillispie was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the newspaper. The charges later were dismissed after a specially appointed prosecutor decided there was not enough evidence to suggest Gillispie, then 43, was drunk.