Whitesburg KY

Car just misses sleeping workers in Whitesburg, driver charged with DUI

An 18-year-old Whitesburg man is accused of driving his vehicle through a storefront in the Parkway Plaza Shopping Center early Tuesday and narrowly missing a group of sleeping construction workers.

Ben Fisher, of 818 Jenkins Road, Whitesburg, was arrested at 5 a.m. Tuesday after his white 1999 Pontiac crashed into a storefront located between Las Penas Mexican restaurant and a rental company.

Kathy Mullins, store manager of the Whitesburg Save-A-Lot, said about eight construction workers working to renovate the grocery store were staying in the former office space. Mullins said the car came to a stop about six feet from where one of the men was sleeping.

Whitesburg Police Officer Tyrone Fields wrote in a police citation that Fisher had “pinpointed” eyes and could not perform a “walk and turn test” or “one-leg stand” because Fisher “could not keep his balance for falling.”

Fields wrote that Fisher admitted taking pills and smoking marijuana. Fields said a marijuana bong was found in the vehicle, and that blood and urine tests are pending.

Fisher was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (second offense), firstdegree criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to maintain automobile insurance.

Fisher’s bond was set at $1,000 cash.

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