Police say Jackson West, 21, drove with a female passenger on Sinking Creek Road when the accident occurred. West crashed the car at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time around five miles west of London.
The passenger in West’s car required an airlift to the hospital where she received treatment for serious injuries, reports The News Journal. After securing a warrant, police arrested West and charged him with first-degree assault. West originally was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. West told police that he consumed nine cans of beer before getting behind the wheel.
In Kentucky, the first-degree assault charge is a felony and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 to 20 years.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):