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At least four cited for DUI in weekend wrecks and complaints

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By Staff

First responders were called to several single-vehicle accidents or traffic issues Saturday and Sunday, and four resulted in citations or arrests for drunk driving.

The calls began before 6 a.m. Saturday when Nelson County Dispatch received a call about an injury accident in the 400 block of Quarry Lane.

• According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Hite, 41, had to be extricated from his vehicle after leaving the roadway and striking a tree. Hite was taken by ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. Deputy A.J. Lewis is investigating the accident. Investigators did not indicate any criminality involved in the collision.

• Later that afternoon, a Bardstown woman was arrested after allegedly hitting a tree and then leaving the scene without her vehicle. Around 4 p.m. Saturday, Bardstown Police received an attempt to locate call on a white female with blonde hair and a blue jacket that would be a passenger in a Nissan sedan. According to a post-arrest complaint, the woman, identified as 33-year-old Virginia Necole Thomas, had allegedly been driving a vehicle that left the roadway and struck a tree at a residence on Scenic Drive. At the residence, police found a white Ford Focus with front-end damage still running next to the tree. The vehicle was registered to Thomas, who later returned to the scene to speak with police. According to the complaint, Thomas smelled strongly of alcohol and told officers she had been drinking. She was too intoxicated to perform a field sobriety test, according to police. Thomas was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

• Just prior to 10 p.m. Saturday, deputies were dispatched to an injury accident near Loretto Road and Terrapin Lane, where a driver had allegedly run over two mailboxes and went off into a wooded area.

The driver, identified as William Willett, 44, of Bardstown, was transported by EMS to Flaget Memorial Hospital, and deputies believed alcohol was a factor in the single-vehicle crash. According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, Willett was cited for DUI and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle. According to Willett’s citation, Willett admitted to drinking and an open beer was found in a cup holder. Willett suffered a large cut to his head. Deputy Brandon Bryan is investigating the accident.

While Saturday saw several crashes, Sunday saw first responders dealing with DUIs related to other complaints.

• Just after midnight, Bardstown Police responded to a call about a man driving by an apartment building in a Mustang after being ordered to stay away from a resident in the building. An officer made contact with the driver, 37-year-old Michael Hughes, who was sitting in the running vehicle. In a post-arrest complaint, the officer reported Hughes smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and failed a sobriety test. Hughes was arrested for DUI and violation of a Kentucky emergency protective order/domestic violence order.

• Later Sunday night, around 7 p.m., the Nelson County Dispatch issued an attempt to locate on St. Thomas Lane for a black Ford Ranger that had reportedly stopped in the middle of the road. A deputy located the vehicle running in a driveway a few houses down, and reported in a post-arrest complaint that the vehicle and driver both smelled of alcohol. An empty beer can was observed in the floorboard and another open beer can was in the center console.

According to the complaint, the driver, 84-year-old James F. Willett, could not tell the deputy where he was, where he had come from or where he was going. He also reportedly had bloodshot eyes, could not stand on his own and was too intoxicated to do a field sobriety test. According to the complaint, Willett passed out in the cruiser on the way to the jail, and was charged with DUI and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.