Jefferies indicted after Hwy. 36 wreck

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By Kristin Beck

A Carroll County grand jury indicted a Goshen man Monday, April 7, on charges stemming from a motor vehicle incident Feb. 26, that injured a Carroll County family. 

Donald S. Jefferies, 50, was indicted on three counts of first-degree assault, a class B felony with a penalty of 10-20 years imprisonment, a fine of $1,000-10,000 and the revocation of a driver’s license for six months on each count.

According to the indictment, Jefferies “intentionally caused serious physical injury” to Stephen, 37, Nicole, 34, and Cydney Wise, 8, of Carrollton.

He also was indicted for first-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony with a penalty of 1-5 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000-10,000 in that “having no right to do so, or having no reasonable ground to believe he had a right to do so, he intentionally or wantonly defaced, destroyed or damaged property belonging to another causing a loss of $1,000 or more.”

Jefferies also was indicted for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense within a five-year period, punishable by imprisonment of not less than 48 hours nor more than 30 days in the county fail and/or a fine of $200-500, revocation of a driver’s license for 30-120 days and a service fee.

Jefferies’ vehicle collided head-on with a westbound vehicle driven by Stephen Wise on Hwy. 36, near Notch Lick Road. Stephen and Nicole Wise were hospitalized at University of Louisville Hospital, while Cydney Wise was treated at Kosair Children’s Hospital, according to Kentucky State Police. Jefferies also was treated at University of Cincinnati Medical Center for injuries.

An arrest warrant was issued for Jefferies after he advised Trooper Dave Roberts that he had taken an excess amount of prescription medications before operating his vehicle, according to Public Information Officer Trooper Brad Arterburn.

Jefferies will appear in court June 23 to confirm that a jury trial will be held. The jury trial has been tentatively set for either July 2 or July 6.