The driver of a car that wrecked and injured four people Sunday on Winchester Road told officers he had mixed narcotic pain medicine and alcohol before the crash, according to court documents.
Billy M. Raines, 35, was charged Monday with driving under the influence. He also faces three counts of assault, two counts of wanton endangerment, one count of driving without a license and one count of driving without insurance. Raines pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
Raines "stated to officers he consumed Klonopin and Xanax that was not (prescribed) to him and also vodka," police wrote in a citation filed Tuesday in Fayette District Court. Police have said Raines was behind the wheel of a white Buick that went out of control on Winchester Road and hit another car head-on. Investigators said several bystanders reported seeing the Buick speeding through the area just before the wreck.
Witnesses said the Buick took the corner at Winchester and Walton Avenue on two wheels before it went out of control, crossed the center line and collided with a green Chrysler Concorde carrying four people.
The wreck damaged a wall and smashed a window at Shrout Tate Wilson Consulting Engineers. The Buick ended up on its roof, and firefighters had to use hydraulic tools to remove Raines and a passenger.
Raines, who was released Monday from University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, was being held at the Fayette County Detention Center on a $28,000 bond.
The condition of Raines' passenger was not available Tuesday. Two men from the green Concorde also were taken to the hospital, but police said Sunday their injuries were not serious.
Raines' next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.