CORBIN, Ky. - (WKYT) Kentucky State Police in London say they were responding to a theft complaint when they discovered a much different crime, one they say could have resulted in a tragedy.
Police say a trooper was investigating a burglary complaint on Boggs Rd. when he noticed a car driving erratically on Slate Ridge Road.
"He found the driver was intoxicated, and the passenger, and found a child in the vehicle," said Trooper Don Trosper.
Police say the driver, Matthew Parker, admitted to taking a Xanax not prescribed to him, that he had smoked marijuana and topped all of that off with his own anti-depressant pills. Police say the 2-year-old child's mother, Jamie Robertson, was both drunk and under the influence of multiple prescription drugs. Police say both had been driving the car.
"With this child in the vehicle, it could have been seriously injured or killed," said Trosper.
Court papers say that when being arrested, Parker said it was best "not to take the test and just plead guilty."
"Very unusual for a subject to make an utterance like that, we are always glad when they do," said Trosper.
Both Parker and Robertson are charged with wanton endangerment second degree. Parker is charged with DUI since he was actually driving the car when police responded.