An intoxicated pedestrian has been jailed after authorities say he caused a crash that injured two drivers on the Hal Rogers Parkway Saturday morning.
Jason Cowden, 38, of Lily, stepped out into the eastbound lane of the parkway about three miles west of London, causing a Cadillac SUV to stop suddenly, the Laurel County sheriff’s office said. Because the roads were wet, a Dodge Ram pickup truck wasn’t able to stop in time, and it it rear-ended the SUV, “causing severe damage to both vehicles,” according to a news release.
Cowden also threw a flashlight at a car after it stopped and then tried to get in, but the driver wouldn’t let him, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies were already on the way before the crash because they had received a complaint about a man “jumping out in front of vehicles, sitting in the roadway and laying in the roadway.”
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The driver of the SUV, Patsie Gumm, 55, of London, had serious injuries and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital London. The driver of the pickup truck, Lonnie Herndon, 63, of London, also was injured and was taken to a hospital.
Cowden faces charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was being held in the Laurel County Detention Center.