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A Spencer County man hit two mailboxes and a parked car on two separate roads within a matter of 25 minutes Sunday before the final mailbox — made of brick — stopped his truck and sent him and his passenger to the hospital.
A collision report filed by Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Montgomery indicates that the driver of the truck, James H. King, 39, of the 2200 block of Murray Road, may have been under the influence of drugs while operating the vehicle.
Both King and his passenger, Johnny Hogan, 25, also of the 2200 block of Murray Road, were transported to University of Louisville Hospital by Shelby County EMS, according to the report.
In the narrative of the report, Montgomery writes that King’s truck was traveling east on Ky. 1169/Plum Ridge Road around 11:42 a.m. Sunday.
“[The truck] veered off the roadway at the 1550 block striking the mailbox at this address,” the report says. “[The truck] entered back onto the roadway traveling to the 1525 block, veered off the right side of the roadway striking the mailbox at this address. [The truck] entered back onto the roadway traveling to the 1372 block, veered off the right side of the roadway striking a solid brick mailbox at this location.”
The narrative continues, adding that King “was witnessed as striking a parked vehicle at the 1115 block of Murray Road approximately 25 minutes prior to this accident.”
King was driving a 1991 red Nissan king cab, which was uninsured, according to the collision report.
The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to the scene and removed a side door and roof of the truck to extricate the victims.
The collision report indicates King was not under the influence of alcohol as determined by observation and a preliminary breath test.
However, the report says that blood and urine drug tests were performed and the results are pending.
Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump said Monday afternoon that receiving the results of those tests could take several weeks.
King was traveling between 45 and 55 mph, and human factors in the accident are listed as drug involvement, inattention and not under proper control, the report says.