LAWRENCE COUNTY WOMAN GETS ARRESTED IN MARTIN COUNTY, KY. AFTER COPS FIND HER PASSED OUT BEHIND THE WHEEL OF VEHICLE TRAPPED ON DIRT PILE WITH A CHILD INSIDE
ARREST REPORT BASICALLY IMPLIES THE WOMAN WAS ESSENTIALLY ALCOHOLIC DRUNK
JUNE 13, 2023 – written by WADE QUEEN
A Lawrence County woman is facing charges after her vehicle became stuck on Wednesday night, June 7, in the Debord area of Martin County, KY. with a child inside.
Martin County Deputy Sheriff David Adams responded to a 911 call around 9 P.M., about a possibly intoxicated female “with slurred speech.”
Deputy David Adams arrived at Blackberry Road to discover a Jeep Wagoneer bottomed out and stuck on a dirt pile with the engine running. The driver, identified as Lucy Burke, 50, of Louisa, KY., who was found passed out with a child inside the vehicle.
The police arrest report states the child, visibly distressed, called out to the deputy, “Please help me.”
Deputy David Adams reported that Lucy Burke attempted to drive the car forward upon waking, but it remained stuck.
Deputy David Adams said Lucy Burke nearly fell as she exited the vehicle, which prompted him to catch her.
Deputy David Adams wrote that an alcoholic beverage can on the floorboard near Lucy Burke’s feet. He reported a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath.
While trying to comfort the “scared and crying” child, Lucy Burke staggered and fell on the ground, deputy David Adams said in the arrest report.
Deputies arrested Lucy Burke and transported her to a local hospital to medically clear her for jail. During the journey trip, Lucy Burke vomited inside the patrol car and on herself.
Despite consenting to a blood test, deputy David Adams said Lucy Burke’s behavior turned aggressive at the hospital. She attempted to strike the medical personnel and removed the needle from her arm. Later on, Lucy Burke kicked one medical staff member and attempted to hit another.
Lucy Burke faces the criminal charges of:
*OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER/ INFLUENCE ALCOHOL (189A.010(1B) – 1ST OFFENSE,
*ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A MINOR,
*POSSESSION Of OPEN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE OR CONTAINER IN MOTOR VEHICLE PROHIBITED.
Lucy Burke was transported to, booked and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, KY., in Johnson County, at 12:35 A.M., on early Wednesday morning, June 8.