School bus struck by alleged drunk driver

Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

November 7, 2013

A two-vehicle collision involving an alleged drunk driver and a school bus loaded with children resulted in the arrest of a Cumberland man Wednesday evening.

Jessie Franks, 32, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland Police Officer Cody Williamson on multiple charges including operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

According to Mike Cox, Transportation Director for Harlan County Schools, no children were injured in the incident.

Cumberland Police Sgt. Dale Halcomb said the collision occurred on North Kingdom Come Drive in Cumberland at approximately 6:30 p.m.

According to Halcomb, the Harlan County Schools bus containing at least seven students was struck by a late 80s Chevrolet Blazer operated by Franks.

Halcomb said the bus was transporting students home from football practice when the incident occurred.

Franks was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, no operator’s license, license to be in possession, failure to produce insurance card, failure to maintain required insurance, no or expired registration, no or expired registration receipt, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a deadly weapon, disarming a peace officer, second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree terroristic threatening.

Halcomb stated Franks was transported to the Harlan County Detention Center after his arrest, but HCDC did not accept Franks because he was complaining of chest pains. Franks was then cited to court on his charges and released to EMS. He was transported to Harlan ARH Hospital by ambulance. He was treated and released

Cox said the bus driver suffered an injury to his shoulder, but it was not serious.

Williamson was assisted at the scene by Halcomb and Benham Police Officer Ryan Shepherd.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 5606-5732-4510, ext. 113, jasher@civitasmedia.com