Alcohol is suspected as a factor in a high-speed crash Friday night that severely injured a man and a woman, Lexington police said.
The driver of the sports car that hit a tree near the Jessamine County line was identified by Lexington police as Jeremy Arvin, according to a news release Saturday.
Arvin was listed in serious condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. A female passenger, who has not been publicly identified, also suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to UK Hospital, police said.
Arvin and the woman were riding in a black Nissan 370Z on Delong Road near Tates Creek Road, near the Jessamine County line, when the crash occurred at 10:23 p.m., the release stated.
Because alcohol was thought to be involved, police had gotten a court order to obtain "blood evidence," according to the news release. Police said speed also contributed to the crash. Both of the vehicle's occupants were wearing seat belts, according to the news release.
The impact left the car a pile of twisted metal, cracked the tree trunk and knocked down a large branch, which blocked Delong Road.
Wood and car parts were strewn along the road and in yards surrounding the wreck. A headlight fixture from the car rested against the mailbox at 3888 Delong, more than 100 yards from the crash site.
It took firefighters longer than usual, about a half-hour, to cut the man and woman out of the car because of the extensive damage to the car, Lt. David Biroschik said.
Police cars blocked intersections and escorted the ambulance to the hospital "to help it get there a little quicker,' he said.
Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety