Sheriff: Woman drives wrong way on interstate, bites Franklin Co. deputy

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A woman is behind bars, accused of driving the wrong way on the interstate in Franklin County, and assaulting several deputies and jail employees.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's office, multiple people called 911 reporting a car going the wrong way on Interstate 64 just before 5 a.m. Sunday. A deputy was able to stop the car around the 53 mile marker.

Investigators believe she got on the interstate travelling the wrong direction at Exit 43.

"We avoided a possible tragedy." said Sheriff Pat Melton. "Make sure you get a designated driver. It is not worth someone's life."

They say the driver, Darlane Besand, appeared to be extremely drunk. Officials say she bit a deputy in the arm while being handcuffed, and pepper spray had to be used.

After being taken to the hospital for medical clearance, deputies say Besand refused a blood test and screamed and made obscene gestures at nurses and doctors.

Deputies say when they put handcuffs back on her, Besand kicked a deputy in the stomach and clawed another deputies hand.

When deputies brought her to the jail, they say she began to assault jail staff and had to be restrained once again.

Besand is facing a laundry list of charges, including four counts of 3rd degree assault of a police officer, seven counts of wanton endangerment, aggravated DUI, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

Sheriff Pat Melton says she will possibly face additional charges from the jail for assaulting several staff members there.

He is asking that anyone who had to swerve to avoid a collision with the wrong-way driver, to call (859)875-8582 and leave message for Deputy Sullivan.

Sheriff Melton says because dispatch received an influx of about thirty calls during this all, they were unable to speak to each caller.



 
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