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July 16, 2012

Painkillers found on woman involved in I-75 crash

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Painkillers were among the pills found on a New York woman involved in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 Saturday, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

The crash happened about seven miles north of London about 10:30 a.m. as Sparkle Cole, 47, of Queensbury, N.Y., drove a Lincoln Town Car north. Cole struck the rear of an International tractor trailer driven by Willie Prather, 55, of San Antonio, Texas and the impact caused Cole to drive off the road and strike the end of a guardrail.

Cole was transported by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County to St. Joseph-London hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Deputy Harris discovered Xanax, morphine and oxycodone in a metal cylinder on Cole’s key ring. He arrested her on charges of driving under the influence, two counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, and for operating a motor vehicle on an expired operators license.

Cole was jailed in the Laurel County Corrections Center.

Assisting at the scene was Laurel County EMS, Laurel County Fire Dept, London-Laurel County Rescue Squad, and Deputy John Inman.

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