February 6, 2014

Passed out driver damages property


A woman who passed out while driving her vehicle narrowly escaped serious harm early Saturday morning.

Deputy Tyler Morris observed a Chrysler Town & Country minivan  weaving on and off the roadway near the entrance to Abigaile Place Apartments on McWhorter Road around 5:26 a.m. and he initiated an investigation. When he stopped to check the vehicle, he found the driver passed out in the driver’s seat. Morris tried to wake the woman by banging on the window to get her attention, but was unsuccessful. He finally opened a back door and began shaking the woman to wake her. When she did wake, she hit the accelerator of the still-running vehicle that was also still in gear, going forward and hitting a fence and a brick sign at the entrance to the apartments.

Further investigation determined the female — 59-year-old Edna Laymon of Lee Hurley Road in East Bernstadt — was under the influence. She was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence and third-degree criminal mischief for the damages to the fence and sign.

But Laymon’s legal charges didn’t end there. Once inside the Laurel County Detention Center, deputy jailers found a small baggie containing an off-white granular substance in Laymon’s possession. She was additionally charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (suspected methamphetamine), first offense, and first-degree promoting contraband.

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