Franklin County sheriff’s employee charged with DUI after fatal ATV crash

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An employee of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has been charged in connection with an ATV crash that killed a 73-year-old Owenton woman.

Kentucky State Police said Mario Chavez-Canela, 43, of Monterey in Owen County was driving an ATV on Old Landing Road at about 4:30 p.m. Friday when the ATV crashed, severely injuring his passenger, Patricia Karsner.

State police said Chavez-Canela called 911, and Karsner was taken by helicopter to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:09 p.m.

According to The State Journal, Chavez-Canela joined the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office as a court security officer earlier this year. He had previously worked for the sheriff’s office under former Sheriff Pat Melton but was fired after being arrested for DUI in Shelby County in 2016, the newspaper reported.

Chavez-Canela has been charged with assault and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was being held Saturday in the Carroll County Detention Center.

State police said they are investigating the case.