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November 21, 2013

Intoxicated driver indicted for head-on collision

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

A Corbin man who injured a woman while driving under the influence of intoxicants is now faces felony charges stemming from the accident.

Darrell Sizemore, 59, of 150 Cornett Road in Corbin, was indicted Friday in a four-count indictment charging him with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree assault, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.  

According to the indictment, Sizemore was driving on Ky. 312 on Aug. 18 when he struck Megan Patterson. Sizemore was reportedly intoxicated at the time.

The persistent felony offender charge stems from Sizemore’s prior conviction of cultivating more than five marijuana plants in Laurel County in 2007. He was sentenced to one year in prison on Feb. 5, 2008.

Sizemore was arrested after a two-car crash on Aug. 18 in which he hit a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 26-year-old Patterson around 1 a.m. on Ky. 312. Patterson was trapped inside her vehicle following the crash.

Sizemore was driving a 1995 Chevrolet pickup, 11 miles south of London, when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road and into a ditch. The truck then came back out of the ditch and onto the road, crossed the centerline and hit Patterson’s vehicle head-on. The impact sent Patterson’s car off the roadway, coming to rest on its top with Patterson trapped inside. Once removed from the vehicle, Patterson was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center but was released two days later.

Sizemore was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center where he was charged with third offense of operating a motor vehicle under the influence with aggravated circumstances.

Other persons indicted last week for drug-related charges were:

• Ernest W. Doan Jr., 34, of 604 ½ Fifth St. in Corbin, charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, operating a motor vehicle without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree persistent felony offender.

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