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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:32 am | Updated: 10:55 am, Wed Dec 10, 2014.

A 2007 silver Honda Accord careened off a road Wednesday night and hit a mobile home at 3128 Fairview Boiling Springs Road.

The residents of the mobile home were asleep at the time and were not injured, but they had to be lodged elsewhere because of the damage to their home.

When Kentucky State Police Post 3 troopers arrived at the home about 11 p.m., the car’s driver, identified as Keirsten R. Jaggers, 47, of Smiths Grove, appeared to be “manifestly under the influence of alcohol” and told police she had a “few” to drink at Spillway Bar & Grill at 2195 Old Louisville Road, according to court records. 

Jaggers is a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Highways in Bowling Green.

A Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department firefighter who was called to the scene said he saw the driver standing outside the mobile home after having crashed into the side of the home, causing visible damage to the side of the home. 

“(The driver) drove up to the trailer and hit it,” said Capt. Curtis Vincent with the Richardsville department. 

Vincent said the car damaged the kitchen area. 

“It tore a bunch of stuff loose in the trailer – the kitchen was tore all to pieces,” Vincent said. “It could have been fairly bad if (the vehicle) had hit the bedroom.” 

Police found what they suspect was an open alcoholic beverage inside Jaggers’ vehicle and 20 Valiums in an unmarked container, court records show. Jaggers’ blood alcohol content was .142 percent, recorded on an Intoxilyzer machine at Warren County Regional Jail, court records show. The legal limit is .08 in Kentucky.

Jaggers is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first-degree possession of a controlled substance/drug unspecified (first offense), controlled substance prescription not in original container, buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, court records show. The DUI charge was amended in Warren Distict Court this morning to a second offense DUI.

The residents of the mobile home were relocated by the American Red Cross due to the conditions of the home after the incident, Vincent said. 

“It was so messed up inside,” Vincent said, adding that the refrigerator of the home was displaced and the electricity had to be turned off because of safety concerns. 

“It was bad enough that I had to evacuate the structure,” Vincent said, who was on scene with about eight Richardsville VFD firefighters, troopers, The Medical Center EMS and the Red Cross.

Jaggers’ bond was set this morning at $1,500 cash with conditions that she commit no violation of law and not possess or consume alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs.

Online jail records show that Jaggers was arrested in 2005 and 2011 and charged with DUIs. In 2006, she was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Bowling Green Department of Highways Chief District Engineer Greg Meredith said the department will have to review the charges against Jaggers. 

“We do have statewide protocol. It depends on the infraction and the charges,” Meredith said. 

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13 comments:

  • They Call Me Bad News posted at 4:53 pm on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    They Call Me Bad News Posts: 548

    Dowilliams asks, "Why is it that a person who is spokeswoman for the HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT is still working for them with repeat offense related to driving drunk on our Kentucky Highways?"

    For the same reason we don't bar a homebuilder from going inside of homes even if he gets drunk in one.

     
  • dowilliams posted at 2:12 pm on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    dowilliams Posts: 18

    Well, said, PQwhat. However, perhaps the penalties should be worse than they already are for repeat DUI offenses. You present a good argument and I am apt to agree with you. Thanks.

     
  • PQwhat posted at 11:06 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    PQwhat Posts: 3

    "Why is it that a person who is spokeswoman for the HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT is still working for them with repeat offense related to driving drunk on our Kentucky Highways?"

    Because as Mr. Meredith spoke in the article above. There are protocols that have to be followed, in order to ensure that the state is not held liable for a wrongful discharge of an employee. Those procedures are in place to ensure everyone from the first-timer to the more than first-timers get a fair shake. Sometimes, I would imagine, those processes take longer to finish. However, I'm sure there are cases that also don't take nearly as long.

    "It makes one very critical of how the laws regarding DUI are so lax in comparison to other offenses which do not have the same effect of tragically ending so many innocent lives. "

    Well. Fortunately no one but the driver was injured. That being said, when an impaired driver kills someone the penalty is increased quite a bit (Vehicular homocide and all of those types of charges.) While I'm sorry for your apparent losses, you can't have laws based on something that might happen because of something. Laws require that they be broken before they are enforced. You also can't have a punish that is greater than the crime committed. In other words, you can't dole out a dollar's worth the punishment for a 25 cent crime.


     
  • dowilliams posted at 10:51 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    dowilliams Posts: 18

    I would like to add that when one suffers the loss of several friends to DUI accidents. It makes one very critical of how the laws regarding DUI are so lax in comparison to other offenses which do not have the same effect of tragically ending so many innocent lives. When someone is right, I have no problem in saying so.... Both PQwhat and They Call Me Bad News were right about the KRS 5 year limit. Now, how about having representatives and spokespeople who can not be such an embarrassment to our fine Kentucky Commonwealth?

     
  • dowilliams posted at 10:18 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    dowilliams Posts: 18

    Thanks, PQwhat. I appreciate your post, in spite of the clear sarcasm in it. I had also found the KRS statute after reading the article. It is not the KY laws that I am so critical. The main point of my post: Why is it that a person who is spokeswoman for the HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT is still working for them with repeat offense related to driving drunk on our Kentucky Highways?

     
  • PQwhat posted at 8:17 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    PQwhat Posts: 3

    KRS 189a.010(5)(a), dowilliams.

    It's good to see that someone who is so critical of Kentucky laws can't actually read Kentucky laws. Well done, sir.

     
  • dowilliams posted at 11:14 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    dowilliams Posts: 18

    Would you care to cite the Kentucky law that states a specified amount of time between offenses for it to be considered a second or third offense? You seem quick to deflect any criticism when it comes to the efficacy of local laws. Let me also say that it is nice to see our police do their job in arresting someone with a proven history of DUI offenses. I am looking at the KRS and, so far, I find nothing to support your claim.

     
  • They Call Me Bad News posted at 10:13 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    They Call Me Bad News Posts: 548

    Junith, she is out of jail because she made bail.

    Dowilliams, it is considered her 2nd offense likely because of the time that has passed between this one and her first.

    Only in BG can people watch the criminal justice system operate properly and exactly as designed and deem it crooked.

    Only in BG.

     
  • dowilliams posted at 9:45 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    dowilliams Posts: 18

    "The DUI charge was amended in Warren Distict Court this morning to a second offense DUI."

    Why was she charged with a 2nd offense DUI when this was clearly her 3rd? How is it that someone who is spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Highways can retain her job with repeat offenses related to driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated? She could have killed someone. Because of her recklessness, a family has lost their home.

    2005 - OPER MTR VEH U/INF ALC/DRUGS/ETC .08 1ST
    2011 - OPER MTR VEH U/INFLU ALC/DRUGS/ETC. .08
    2013 - OPER MTR VEH U/INFLU ALC/DRUGS/ETC. .08

     
  • dowilliams posted at 8:39 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    dowilliams Posts: 18

    Talk about an obvious and odious two-tiered criminal justice system....

     
  • Larry Fiehn posted at 6:35 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Larry Fiehn Posts: 327

    As I've said before, yeah, let's test all the welfare recipients, starting the day after every public employee passes their drug test.

     
  • junith reece posted at 5:22 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    junith reece Posts: 2

    [sneaky][sneaky][huh]

     
  • junith reece posted at 5:20 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    junith reece Posts: 2

    ANYONE ELSE WOULD STILL BE IN JAIL , I KNOW A LADY IN JAIL RIGHT KNOW THAT HAS ALMOST THE SAME CHARGES , SHE'S BEEN IN JAIL 3 WEEKS WHERE SHE BELONGS ... LETS TREAT EVERYONE WHO PUTS A ANYONE IN HARMS WAY THE SAME WAY , IT SHOULD NOT MATTER WHERE THEY WORK OR WHO THEY KNOW .. ITS ABOUT JUSTICE BE SERVED HERE IN BOWLING GREEN KY. I'M FEED UP WITH THIS CRAP !!!!