By Allison Jewell

On March 5, the University of Louisville announced that the Vice President of Advancement, Brent Pieper, is stepping down from his position after being arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest on Feb. 13 in Lexington. 

According to the police report, Pieper was seen cursing, exhibiting aggressive behavior and blocking passersby’s cars.

Police said he fled the scene by pulling into a driveway when a police officer arrived.

Pieper then tried to flee on foot, hurdling one fence and attempting to jump another while ignoring police commands to stop, according to the citation. Police said he also attempted to break free from the handcuffs once detained on the ground. 

Pieper refused a breathalyzer and blood test, and according to the police, had visibly bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol. He also admitted to police he consumed alcohol at a nearby restaurant before driving.

The University of Louisville released a statement regarding Pieper’s leave four weeks after the arrest. 

Senior Associate Vice President for University Advancement Julie Dials will serve as interim Vice President of Advancement.

“We appreciate his service and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. I know our campus community will join me in thanking Julie for stepping into this important leadership role,” said University President Kim Schatzel. 

Photo Courtesy // Fayette County Detention Center