Goshen man arrested after Carroll crash

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By Kenny Colston

A Goshen man has been arrested for his involvement in a two-vehicle accident in Carroll County two weeks ago.

Donald Jefferies, 50, was arrested last Thursday by Kentucky State Police after admitting he took too many prescription pills before being involved in the accident on Hwy. 36.

Jefferies was initially transported by helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Hospital with critical injuries after the accident, which also left a family of three critically injuried.

Stephen and Nicole Wise were flown to the University of Louisville Hospital, while their daughter, Sydney, was flown to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville, after the accident.

Jefferies spent a few days in the ICU at UC Hospital before being released last Wednesday, state police said.

After speaking with state police about the accident, Jefferies apparently admitted he had taken an excess amount of prescription pills before operating his vehicle that day. Because of that admission, police arrested Jefferies at his brother’s house in Trimble County last Thursday and charged him with one count of driving under the influence and three counts of assault 1st degree.

Jefferies was taken to the Carroll County Detention Center, where he remained as of Monday. He is being held on a $25,000 cash bond.

According to the arrest warrant, police found and obtained three separate prescription medications while arresting Jefferies, as well as marijuana, three smoking devices, two rolling machines, scissors and weighing scales.

The report also states Jefferies was lethargic after his accident, a symptom of taking too much of a certain prescription painkiller. It also said Jefferies had recently tried twice in a two-week period to obtain pain medication for a shoulder injury at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, but when doctors offered a steroid shot instead, Jefferies refused.

According to a family member, Angie Wise, the family involved in the crash with Jefferies suffered critical injuries.

According to Wise, Stephen has two broken femurs, a fractured pelvis and a splintered head on his femur where it fits into his hip, a compound break in his ankle and broken bones in both feet. Nicole’s injuries include two broken wrists, a fractured sternum, a fractured pelvis and a broken knee, foot and toe. Their eight-year-old daughter, Sydney, has eight fractured vertebrae in her spine.

Both Stephen and Nicole Wise remain hospitalized. Sydney was released from Kosair Hospital and is staying with relatives in Carrollton.

Jefferies’ initial arraignment on his charges was Wednesday, after the Era’s publishing deadline.

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