Somerset man charged in crash that critically injured his daughter

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - The Pulaski County prosecutor says Jimmy Jasper's blood alcohol level was more than the legal limit when the SUV he was driving crashed through a wooden plank fence, causing serious injuries to both he and his daughter.

The March 5th crash sent both the father and daughter to UK Hospital in Lexington where Jimmy Jasper was released a few days later.

His daughter, Jaden's injuries were more severe and relatives say it could be months before she completely recovers because of trauma to her head and face caused when wooden planks crashed into and in some cases through the SUV her father was driving.

The accident happened just days after Jasper had resolved a case involving alcohol intoxication charges he received June 2 at Somersplash water park. According to court records, Jasper was arrested while in the company of his daughter and an 11 year old friend.

Police say he was a danger to himself if left to his own vices. The citation stated that Jasper admitted to consuming alcohol, taking pain pills and muscle relaxants and that he failed field sobriety tests. Court records say the offense was dismissed as part of a pre-trial diversion program.

But if he’s found guilty of the assault charge…he could face 10 to 20 years in prison. The prosecutor says he was not directly charged with DUI because the assault charge carries a more severe penalty.

Jasper will answer to the charges on April 25th in Pulaski Circuit Court.

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