Commonwealth Journal

February 21, 2014

SHS cheer coach arrested by KSP

Staff Report
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — The Somerset High School cheerleading coach is facing an uncertain future with the school system after she was arrested this week for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Elizabeth “Beth” Bruner, 43, of Science Hill, was arrested on DUI, reckless driving, and other charges in the early morning hours on Thursday.

According to the citation, filed by Kentucky State Police Trooper John Barnett, Bruner’s vehicle was seen going southbound on U.S. 27 near Science Hill at around 65 mph in a 55 mph zone — and the speed increased until she was allegedly traveling 84 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Barnett then pulled Bruner over, where she allegedly had “slurred speech and odor of alcohol,” according to the citation.

“When out of vehicle, (Bruner) was unsteady on her feet and continually swayed to maintain balance,” states Barnett’s arrest citation. “(Bruner) advised (she had) consumed some alcohol prior to operating  (the vehicle).”

Barnett in his citation states that Bruner’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and she allegedly failed a field sobriety test given at the scene of the traffic stop.

According to Barnett, Bruner’s blood alcohol content was measured at .111, which is over the state limit of .08.

Bruner was arrested at around 2:10 a.m. Thursday and transported to the Pulaski County Detention Center. She was charged with DUI, reckless driving, speeding at least 26 mph over the speed limit, and having no registration plates or a registration receipt and failure to produce insurance card.

Barnett’s citation states Bruner’s insurance card was expired.

She posted a $1,900 bond shortly thereafter and was released from jail.

Bruner has been the coach of the Somerset High School Cheerleading Team for more than a decade, and she recently took her squad to a national competition and returned with a 5th-place trophy.

Bruner is being represented by local defense attorney Scott Foster.

“Mrs. Bruner has the full faith and support of her family and friends and until we obtain the evidence the Commonwealth intends to use at trial, we cannot offer any further comment,” said Foster.

Somerset Schools Superintendent Boyd Randolph declined to comment on Bruner’s future with the school system, stating that any personnel issues cannot be made public as per state law.

“In any matters regarding personnel, all personnel matters are confidential,” said Randolph. “I’m not at liberty to make a public comment.”