‘God has forgiven me.’ Central Kentucky candidate refuses to leave race after DUI plea

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A candidate for Kentucky state representative for part of Fayette County asked for votes and forgiveness as she announced Monday she’s staying in the race after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.

Monteia Mundy is running to represent the state’s 88th district, which includes southern Fayette County. She was arrested in April in Madison County and charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident without rendering aid and failure to wear a seat belt. 

When she pleaded guilty to the DUI charge Monday, the other two counts were dismissed, according to court records. TOP ARTICLES    Truck repossession leads to 5 shot, police say. Kentucky man charged in murder

In a statement released Monday, Mundy said that she’d taken a prescribed medication the day of the crash and arrest. 

“That evening, I had a drink not realizing that a possible side effect of the medication was disorientation and loss of judgment if I consumed any alcohol at all,” Mundy said in the statement. “I should have been more careful while under medical care.”

Mundy went on to say that she accepted full “blame and responsibility” and apologized to anyone put at risk. 

“I’m grateful that the outcome wasn’t worse, and I’m grateful to the Kentucky state trooper who located me and took appropriate action to ensure the public’s safety,” Mundy said in the statement. “I was disoriented and I didn’t belong on the road. I know that God has forgiven me, and now I can only hope others can find it in their hearts to forgive me as well.”

Mundy, a Republican, said in her statement that her decision to remain in the race was influenced by her primary opponent. 

“Of course, I considered withdrawing from the race,” Mundy, an attorney, said in the statement. “It was only natural. However, during that same time, while my primary opponent was making public statements saying he was praying for me, he was messaging me privately threatening me. He gave me a deadline to withdraw from the race and back him, and if I didn’t meet his deadline, he indicated that he and his people would ruin me and my future.”

The opponent in question, Aaron Yates, denied the accusation that any threat was made. He also denied having any part in a “multimedia attack” Mundy mentioned in her statement. 

Yates called Mundy’s statements about his campaign “inflammatory attacks” and said that he stands by his previous call for her to leave the race.

While Mundy did not point to any specific online attacks, a website poking fun at her arrest went live on April 28. A Facebook account linked to the website shared Mundy’s statement Monday, saying the website and social media accounts were run by one person and denied that they were in any way involved with a campaign or candidate. It also addressed Mundy’s allegation that money was being spent on the attacks, saying that the person responsible for the website spent $10 on a domain name for the website and nothing else. 

When asked about the website and social media accounts, Yates also said he and his campaign had nothing to do with them. 

“Let’s not mince words, my opponent under her own will drove under the influence of drugs and alcohol, struck a young woman rendering her car immobile on the side of the road and then fled the scene to avoid the consequences of her actions,” Yates said in his own statement. “Today Monteia claimed she’ll accept the consequences of her actions, yet believes she gets to determine what those consequences are. As someone in the legal profession, she should know that’s not how justice works.”

In Mundy’s arrest citation, a Kentucky State Police trooper wrote that she was incoherent and stumbling after the April 25 crash. The trooper attempted to give her a field sobriety test but stopped after she failed to follow instructions, according to the citation. 

After colliding with another car near a Love’s gas station, Mundy drove off and crashed in a ditch near another gas station less than half a mile away, according to the citation. 

“I made a mistake and I’m sorry. Beyond sorry,” Mundy said in her statement. “In spite of that, I still believe that I’m the best person in this race to bring conservative values to Frankfort. I take full responsibility for my actions, and if the people of the 88th District can find it in their hearts to forgive me, and they send me to Frankfort, I will work each day to make them proud, and show that we can all continue to do good in spite of past mistakes.”

The current representative for the 88th district is Democrat Cherlynn Stevenson, who is running for re-election. https://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article242647316.html

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