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Man accused of driving intoxicated, wrong way with child in the car

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is in the hospital after police say the intoxicated driver went the wrong way on one of Lexington's busiest streets. They say he could have not only hurt or even killed himself but also his 8-year-old in the back of the car and other innocent drivers on New Circle Road.

There are many rules of the road and signs everywhere to remind you of them. On Sunday afternoon, one sign went unnoticed by a driver on New Circle Road.

"They said the guy was driving erratically, going the wrong way, and endangering the public," said Sgt. Scott Perrine, with the Lexington Division of Police.

Kevin Horn, 34, isn't only accused of driving in the wrong direction but also under the influence of narcotics, which he admitted to police. All the while his 8-year-old son was in the back seat.

Other drivers nearby witnessing it all immediately called and alerted police. In the meantime, they followed the wrong way driver, not letting him get away.

How long was Horn allegedly driving the wrong way? That's something police don't know.

"He approached Richmond Road on the outer loop of New Circle and decided to make a u-turn," said Sgt. Perrine. "When he did, he struck the cable barriers. And when he did that, he injured himself. He cut his head."

Soon after near Richmond Road, Horn successfully made a u-turn. Police then caught up with him just before Nicholasville Road.

"If the child wasn't restrained, it could have been serious injury. If he would have hit another vehicle head on, it could have killed an innocent person as well as this child, so it was very serious," said Sgt. Perrine.

Horn's wrong way start to this Sunday afternoon landed him in the hospital and then jail.

At last check at 9:30 p.m., Horn was having eye surgery at UK Hospital. He is charged with felony wanton endangerment, DUI, and leaving the scene of an accident.


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