Police: Man was high on bath salts and marijuana during injury crash

Lexington police say a man who caused a head-on crash that injured a woman and child on Bryan Avenue Wednesday was high on bath salts and marijuana, according to a uniform citation filed in Fayette County District Court.

William E. Cook II, 30, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of driving under the influence and first-degree wanton endangerment, a felony, court documents said.

Cook allegedly was behind the wheel of a Dodge Dakota pickup truck that was traveling without headlights on Bryan Avenue near Carlisle Avenue about 10 p.m. Wednesday. He apparently lost control of the truck, which struck a car head-on, police said.

The woman and the child, who were in the car, suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening, Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Ed Davis said.

Austin Murphy, who witnessed the crash, said the woman had "pretty bad cuts" on her hand, and the child had a neck injury. Murphy said he was driving behind the car, a black Chevrolet Malibu, when the truck hit it.

When police arrived, they noticed that Cook "appeared to be confused and under the influence" of medicine or narcotics, the police report said. He allegedly could not control his body movements or follow instructions.

"Driver stated he had recently used marijuana and bath salts," the police report said. It identified the bath salt as Black Magic, marketed as an incense, which has several ingredients that cause psychoactive effects.

Cook was taken to the Fayette County Detention Center, where he was held on a $5,500 bond.

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