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A Goshen man has been referred to a Carroll County Grand Jury after a district court found probable cause that he drove under the influence during an early March crash in Carroll County.
Donald Jefferies, 50, was arrested by Kentucky State Police after admitting he took too many prescription pills before being involved in the accident on Hwy. 36.
In a court hearing last Thursday, it was determined prosecutors had enough evidence to have probable cause on the four counts Jefferies is charged with: one count of DUI and three counts of assault 1st degree. Jefferies’ case was then referred to the next grand jury meeting in Carroll County. That meeting is April 7.
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 injured.
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, then arrested by KSP at his brother’s home.
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.
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