By Rob McDaniel
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies made several separate DUI arrests this weekend as part of their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Deputy Kevin Berry was dispatched to a hit and run traffic accident on U.S. 25, six miles south of London early Friday afternoon.
When Deputy Berry arrived on scene he learned a silver Ford pickup had fled the scene of the crash and was later found on Ky. 552 East, nearly half a mile away.
Following an extensive investigation which involved collecting evidence, interviewing involved people and reviewing a surveillance video from a tobacco store in the area, the driver of the silver Ford pickup was identified and arrested on Dogwood Lane in Lily, more than a mile away from where the vehicle was found.
Investigation revealed the suspect had been drinking a large quantity of beer all day and then drove his father to London to run some errands. While heading to a tobacco store on U.S. 25, the driver of the Ford allegedly hit a Nissan Altima and then a guardrail, fleeing at a high rate of speed until the truck broke down and he abandoned the vehicle.
The driver of the Altima went to the emergency room for treatment of possible injuries.
Randy E. Stewart, 47, of Dogwood Lane, Lily, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence; leaving the scene of an accident; no operator’s license and numerous other traffic violations.
Stewart was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes arrested two individuals on McFadden Cemetery Road, approximately 13 miles south of London, on Friday night at 9:36 p.m.
The London-Laurel 9-1-1 Communication Center had received several calls about a blue Chevy Silverado driving through people’s yards on McFadden Cemetery Road, causing property damage.
The vehicle was found blocking the traveled portion of the roadway, and the driver was determined to be under the influence and was arrested.
Randy Saylor, 36, of Hopper Creek Road, London was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence; driving on a DUI suspended license, first offense; no insurance; possession of open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle prohibited and numerous other traffic violations.
Another subject was located at the scene, Saylor’s father-in-law, who had apparently driven to the scene where Saylor had wrecked.
Wayne R. Smith, 48, of Hopper Creek Road, London was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence; driving on a DUI suspended license, first offense; no insurance and open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle prohibited
Constable Tim May assisted in the investigation and arrest.
Both individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Deputy Daniel Grigsby and Deputy Larry Parrott arrested Jennifer M. Eads, 37, of Lawrenceburg on West Laurel Road, approximately eight-miles west of London, on Sunday afternoon at 3:54 p.m. after responding to a single vehicle traffic accident involving a maroon-colored Oldsmobile Cutlass.
Upon arrival at the scene, Grigsby detected the odor of alcohol and, following an investigation, determined Eads was under the influence. Upon arrest, she began screaming and cursing.
Eads was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and second-degree disorderly conduct.
She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
Early Monday morning, Deputy Mikey Ashurst arrested Alan Z. Jones, 19, of Don Minton Road, London, at 12:50 a.m. on Ky. 192, near London, after observing a white Nissan Sentra weaving badly on the snow and ice covered roadway.
Upon contact with the driver, Deputy Ashurst detected the odor of alcoholic beverages and conducted a roadside investigation determining that the driver was under the influence.
Jones was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, under the age of 21; possession of an open alcoholic beverage containers in a motor vehicle prohibited; no seat belt in use; careless driving and no insurance.
Jones was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.