STANFORD - Kentucky State Police said alcohol was a factor in a two-vehicle accident in Lincoln County that left two people injured Friday night.
According to a collision report from KSP in Richmond, Lonnie E. Denson, 56, of Liberty, was traveling east on KY 78 at 7:45 p.m. Friday when the 2002 Chevrolet 1500 pick-up he was driving crossed the center line of a bridge and struck a 1991 Ford Ranger driven by Freddy Benedict, 47, of Hustonville.
The report by Trooper Clyde Bertram says that Denson fled the scene but was later apprehended. He was charged with two counts of first-degree assault. He was arrested "because of alcohol," said a state police dispatcher in Richmond. Denson was not injured in the accident, according to the report.
Bertram said that damage to Benedict's Ford Ranger was "very severe."
Benedict was airlifted from the scene to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center for treatment of multiple injuries and was released from the emergency room. A passenger, Dolly Benedict, 14, was transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for treatment.