Auto accident

Two cars collided at the intersection of Ky. 80 and Ky. 1210 near noon Tuesday, closing four lanes of traffic and resulting in the arrest of two people.

A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ky. 80 and Ky. 1210 near noon Tuesday closed four lanes of traffic and resulted in the arrest of two people.

According to Allen City Police Chief Thomas Gearheart, Herbert Griffith, 50, of Martin, was turning his Geo Prism west from Ky. 1210 onto Ky. 80 when a Toyota Camry driven by an unidentified woman ran the light and hit his vehicle.

Gearheart said a group of nurses who were driving by the scene attended crash victims until Kentucky State Police Trooper William Howard, Allen City Police, Martin Volunteer Fire Department and Lifeguard Ambulance Service arrived.

The driver of the Prizm and the two passengers declined treatment on the scene, however, according to records in Floyd District Court, Griffith was arrested by Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Lawson and charged with first-offense DUI after the wreck. The charge was amended during his arraignment on May 8 to third-offense DUI. District Judge Eric Hall set his bond at $2,000 cash and scheduled a court trial in the case for Nov. 7.

According to records in Floyd Circuit Court, Griffith’s passenger, Steven Stephens, 42, of Martin, was indicted in September 2018 on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He failed to appeared in court for an arraignment, however, in October, and a warrant was issued for his arrest in January. He was taken into custody at the scene by Trooper Howard.

“It is these kinds of situations where a good working relationship between law enforcement agencies can make all the difference,” said Gearheart.

The driver of the Camry was transported to ARH Our Lady of the Way where she was treated and released. No charges are pending against her at this time, according to Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Thacker. 

KSP is investigating the crash. If anyone witnessed the wreck or has information relevant to the investigations, please contact Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville at, (606) 433-7711.

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