Car wreck leads to drug charges

A car wreck in Knox County led to burglary and drug trafficking arrests on Saturday, police said.

On Friday, Kentucky State Police in Harlan responded to a single car collision on a road near Artemus. The driver of the car, William Holt, 48, of Artemus, was still at the scene and appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance, according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police in Harlan.

Trooper Jacob Wilson arrested Holt, then discovered that Holt had allegedly been involved in a burglary of a residence in Artemus. In addition, Holt had a large amount of suspected marijuana, police said. Holt was charged with operating under the influence, trafficking and possession marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary and criminal mischief.

As a result of the investigation, Wilson obtained a search warrant for a residence in Artemus, where he found an large quantity of suspected marijuana, along with several prescription pills. The house's occupant, Charles Prichard, 53, was arrested and charged with drug possession, drug trafficking and possession of a police scanner.

Both men are being lodged at the Knox County Detention Center. The investigation will continue.