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Meth buzz leads to wreck

Police say a Cornettsville man admitted to using methamphetamine before driving his pickup truck with his one-month-old child and wife as passengers.

Tracy Campbell, 39, of 68 Deadend Road, was traveling south on KY 7 when he lost control of his pickup truck, which crossed the centerline and hit a road sign, said Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department. The truck went over a 10-foot embankment and landed on a railroad track, Damron said. The wreck happened between Woodrock and Blackey.

When police arrived on scene, Campbell had red, bloodshot eyes and failed standard field sobriety tests, according to information included in a written citation.

Campbell was transported to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital where he told police that he had taken a hit of meth early in the morning, according to court documents.

Nathan Cole, 20, of 152 Campbelltown Road, Cornettsville, and his 17-year-old girlfriend were also passengers in the truck.

Cole had slurred speech and his balance was impaired, according to a citation.

While standing behind another vehicle, he placed a white plastic container with Claritin-D and a metal pipe, which are used in mak ing meth, behind the passenger side rear, according to court documents.

Cole was charged with public intoxication, unlawful possession of meth precursor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Campbell has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, endangering the welfare of a minor, failure to have his operator’s license in his possession, failure to notify address change to Department of Transportation, failure to produce insurance card and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required liability insurance.

The child was placed under emergency care by social services workers.

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