Man Faces Charges after Crashing Car, Causing Serious Injuries to Passenger
Admits to Drinking Nine Beers before Driving
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.
Information on Alcohol-impaired Driving
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving.
- An average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurs every 53 minutes.
- Alcohol-impaired-driving crashes accounted for 31 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States in 2014.
- Of the 9,967 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, 6,391 were drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher.
- The estimated economic cost of alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States in 2010 (the most recent year for which cost data is available) was $44 billion.