Whitesburg KY

Man charged with DUI days after fatal wreck



A Sandlick man involved in a fatal two-vehicle wreck on the Whitesburg bypass two weeks ago is on home incarceration after being arrested August 9 on an unrelated matter.

Kelvin Eric Sexton, 30, was arrested at 3:08 p.m. on Aug. 9 and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and possession of marijuana.

On Aug. 11, Sexton posted $500 cash, which is 10 percent of his $5,000 bond.

Arraignment is set for 11 a.m. on Aug. 28 in Letcher District Court.

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department received a complaint at 1:18 p.m. on Aug. 9 that Sexton had left Frazier’s Farmer Supply driving extremely impaired in a newer white Chevy Silverado pickup, said Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields.

The sheriff ’s department contacted Fields, who drove to Sandlick looking for Sexton. As Fields was stopped to pull off of KY 931 North onto business KY 15, Sexton was turning left from business KY 15 onto 931 North. Fields turned his cruiser around and followed Sexton.

“He was straddling the northand southbound lanes,” said Fields.

Fields stopped Sexton’s truck near Calvary Temple Church at Persimmon Branch.

“His pupils were constricted,” said Fields. “Speech was slurred. Speech was slow.”

Fields said he told Sexton about the complaint and asked if he could perform a sobriety test, which Fields said Sexton failed.

During the sobriety test a marijuana joint fell out of a hole in the bottom of Sexton’s shirt pocket. Fields said he then asked Sexton to tilt his head back. Fields said he then saw a white powdery substance in Sexton’s nostrils.

“He stated that he did snort pills and couldn’t take them by mouth,” said Fields.

Sexton was arrested and transported to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, where he underwent chemical testing. Test results are pending.

Fields said Sexton told him he had just bought the Chevy Silverado Thursday.

On July 27, Sexton was involved in a fatal traffic accident on the Whitesburg bypass. He was traveling north on KY 15 in a 2012 GMC pickup truck around 2:30 p.m. that Saturday when he collided with a 1993 Toyota pickup truck driven by Shawn Emerson Roark, 36. Kentucky State Police Det. Randy Combs said a side collision caused the Toyota to overturn.

Roark, a construction worker, was ejected from his truck and was pronounced dead at the scene by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker. The cause of death is listed as head trauma.

A woman riding with Roark, Dorothy Hall Gibson of Premium, was also thrown from the pickup. She was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., and has since been released.

The July 27 wreck is still under investigation by state police and charges have not been filed.

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