According to the police report, Brenda Blanton, 62, of Rutledge, Tenn., had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet. Police said she seemed “dazed and drowsy.”
Harlan City Police Department Cpl. Jeff Owens said Blanton stated that she took hydrocodone and Xanax pills during the morning and that she was under the influence of those medications.
Owens said Blanton was read implied consent.
According to Owens, Debra Brown, 52, of Loyall, was traveling south on the U.S. 421 Bypass in a 2002 Toyota Camry. Blanton was traveling north on the bypass and was turning left onto U.S. 119 in a 2007 Chrysler.
Owens said Blanton turned into the path of Brown’s vehicle when the collision occurred.
The injured were transported to Harlan ARH Hospital by LifeCare Ambulance Service.
Blanton was cited to court on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to produce insurance card, failure of owner to maintain required insurance and expired or no registration receipt.
Harlan City Police Department Officer Mitch Alford is in charge of the investigation. He was assisted by Owens and the Harlan City Fire Department and Harlan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bill Howard.