Kentucky Man Facing New Charges After Allegedly Driving Garbage Truck Into Oncoming Traffic
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man faces 34 new charges after authorities said he drove a garbage truck into oncoming traffic on Interstate 24 in March.
The Paducah Sun reports that a grand jury on Friday indicted 23-year-old Dalton Lampley on seven counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief and 25 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
At least six people were injured when Lampley caused a series of wrecks in western Kentucky on March 18, authorities said. Police say he drove through a median on the interstate and into oncoming traffic. Deputies used spike strips to deflate the truck's tires and stop Lampley, who was being chased by authorities.
Roadways and several vehicles were damaged. A witness told police one vehicle was hit head-on by the garbage truck. Sheriff's officials said methamphetamine was found in Lampley's possession.
Lampley, of Calvert City, already had pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault, fleeing or evading police and reckless driving before he was indicted in McCracken County on Friday.
The Commonwealth Attorney's Office said the new charges stem from the number of people who were involved in the I-24 incident and were put in danger. Lampley is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges on Thursday.
Lampley's lawyer, Jeremy Ian Smith, said the indictment was "merely a starting point and changes nothing." Smith said he is "anxiously awaiting" the opportunity to present a defense.