Kentucky law enforcement authorities at the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office reported an unusual DUI case that resulted in the car’s occupants being stung by bees. The incident reportedly happened July 26 in Laurel County on Patton Spur Road.
According to authorities, a 36-year-old East Bernstadt man was driving a GeoTracker with a 35-year-old Dry Ridge woman as his passenger. The man reportedly crashed into a utility pole, causing the electrical lines to fall and disturbing a beehive that was apparently attached to the pole.
Witnesses reported that the man ran out of the car screaming as a swarm of bees attacked both him and his passenger. The 35-year-old passenger told responding law enforcement officers that both she and the driver had taken Klonopin, suboxone and neurotin before getting into the vehicle. Both were transported to the hospital for treatment of their bee stings and accident injuries. The man was charged with driving under the influence along with additional traffic violations. The woman was charged with public intoxication.
If a person is facing a drug crime charge for driving while under the influence of prescription drugs, a criminal defense attorney might look at the drugs that were taken to determine if they have side effects of impairment. If the person has a valid prescription, he or she might argue that the amount that was ingested was insufficient to impair the person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. He or she may also be able to negotiate a plea to a lesser offense in order to obtain a more favorable outcome for his or her client. In some cases, an attorney may be able to win a dismissal of the charges.