Tuesday police news 1021

October 21, 2003

Tobacco truck overturns, blocks traffic

PERRYVILLE - A traffic accident at 8:30 a.m. Monday on U.S. 150 2.5 miles west of Perryville caused a traffic backup for over an hour, state police said.

Dennis A. Vowels, 44, of Nicholasville, was westbound in a 2002 Peterbilt tractor-trailer truck when he rounded a curve and was blinded by the sun. The truck, which was hauling about 50,000 pounds of tobacco, veered off the road and struck a utility pole, overturned and slid on its top. It struck a stop sign and raised concrete bridge before coming to a stop on its left side.

Vowels was transported by Boyle County Emergency Medical Service to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for minor leg injuries.


DUI charge filed after multi-vehicle crash

LANCASTER - A Georgetown man was arrested on drunk driving charges after a four-vehicle traffic accident Oct. 11.

City police said a vehicle driven by Steven D. Smith, 32, allegedly hit another vehicle in the rear which led to several other collisions. Smith allegedly had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle and admitted to drinking prior to the accident, the police report said.

Six individuals, including two small children, were involved in the accident, according to the report.

Smith was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, first-degree wanton endangerment and no seat belt. |10/18/03***

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