Ethington pays $25 fine for lost title

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By Lisa King

Donnie Ethington, a longtime Shelbyville auto dealer who has continued to be the focus of legal assault for the way he has operated his business, agreed to pay a $25 fine for his latest and perhaps final offense.

Ethington paid the fine in Shelby District Court on Thursday for an offense he incurred in March of not having provided a title to a customer in a timely manner.

His attorney, Sam Carl, who appeared Thursday in Shelby County District Court, explained that Ethington was charged because the title was lost in the mail and the owner of the vehicle did not receive it in a timely fashion but he since has.

Ethington last year paid fines on 27 criminal charges – all violations – from more than 150 originally filed by the Kentucky State Police. That led the Motor Vehicle Commission to rescind his license to operate his business, and in April a Franklin County Circuit Court judge ruled that Ethington Auto no longer could function as an automobile dealership.

Ethington was allowed to sell the remainder of his vehicles, however.

The court’s ruling became moot because Ethington said he had decided not to renew his dealership license.

“I think he had just about had it with the legal runaround from certain quarters,” Carl said. “Also, he was getting older, and his [business] partner [Sam Ledford] died, and he has health issues himself.”