State Trooper Could Face Felony Charges

The investigation continues into a Grant County crash that sent four people to the hospital.

Police have released that the driver, 38-year-old Buddy Carey, is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Carey was driving down Warsaw Road in Grant County when he crossed the center line, striking a pick-up truck head on. The driver of the truck, Edwin Gregory, and his family were all hospitalized as a result of the crash.

Gregory, his wife Maria, and their 10-year-old daughter Lisa Ann all remain at the Cincinnati University's Health Alliance. According to health officials there, Gregory is listed in serious condition, Maria in fair condition, and Trooper Carey is listed in good condition.

No one at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital could be reached to determine Lisa Ann's current condition. Gregory's two year old son has since been released.

Carey, a 12 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, has been suspended from duty pending criminal investigation.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's office has been notified of Carey's toxicology results.

James Crawford, Grant County Commonwealth's Attorney, tells 27 NEWSFIRST that he will be seeking charges against Carey, including operating under the influence, as well as felony charges of assault and wanton endangerment.


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  • by Retired Cop Location: East Ky on Jul 15, 2007 at 10:22 PM
    To Wife: After 30 years on the job I think I can realize what kind of stress police officers undertake. It did not cause me to commit offenses such as those documented here. Nor do I feel that those stresses can be used as an excuse if this officer is in fact guilty. Free and confidential counceling is available to officers to help them deal with issuse like stress. Also, it is a fact that most officers habitually speed even when not answering a call for assistance. I feel that the roads would be safer if they did set the example and obeyed the speed limits when possible. I don't see how an officer can write a ticket to someone without feeling guilty when they habitually disobey the same laws.
  • by Wife of Police Officer Location: Grant County, KY on Jul 14, 2007 at 04:02 AM
    All of you want to sit and judge, but do any of you actually realize what kind of stress police officers undertake? Bad decisions are made every day..by everyone. Officers of the law should set examples, but why should they be held anymore accountable? I agree with Mel whole-heartedly...all of you that want to judge because a police cruiser flew past you on the interstate without lights on..I bet if they were responding to your mother's house for a burglary and wanted to make a silent approach in an attempt to catch the burglar..you wouldn't judge then...would you..? Trooper Carey will get prosecuted to the full extent of the law..and unfortunately..he will be made an example of..but keep on judging..and remember that the next time you call 911 needing assistance..and it takes them 15-20 minutes to get there.."we were just following the speed limit..setting examples". I pray for the Gregory and Carey families involved, it is going to be a long road to recovery for both.
  • by Greg Location: Las Vegas on Jul 12, 2007 at 07:34 AM
    I am angry to not find any update to the condition of my brother and family involved and that this station would even allow anyone to comment at all. To all the idiots who are posting here, your lack of respect for the families involved is repulsive. You people make me sick. You should all dig your heads out of your...sand. The point of this subject is not wet roads, speed, nor the fact that Officer Carey nearly killed 4 members of my family because of police standards or lack of. It was simply a case of a drunk driveing drunk. Please have respect...Keep your opinions to your self.
  • by Dave Location: Paducah on Jul 11, 2007 at 01:26 PM
    As for Trooper Carey, He will be held accountable like anyone else, probably will get an unfair trial becuase of what he does. As for police getting special privledges. I work for a snack cake company, and I get free snack cakes from time to time. I bet the man that works for coke gets free coke and the lays man gets free chips. Well police get to drive fast. Get over it.
  • by John Location: Verona on Jul 11, 2007 at 01:29 AM
    The reason that that Trooper is on paid as opposed to someone who may work in the private sector is that it is a govt job and with govt jobs before depriving someone of pay you must meet certain due process considerations (ie right to a hearing). Without all the facts in (toxicology, reconstruction report, accident report) it is nearly impossible to give him a hearing that complies with the due process standards set by the courts. It is not a matter of the good ole boy standard. If he worked in another govt job it would be the same thing.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2007 at 05:23 PM
    i feel bad for the family that was hit by an officer of the law and whatr they will have to go thru, but has anyone asked if this officer has a family: parents, wife or most of all children? if he loses his job what is to become of his family. Eho is going to help the Greggorys and is his family with food, med, living expensive and so forth
  • by MIke Location: Lexington on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:47 AM
    stricker laws??? What are those? inforce?? Also, I'm glad the court system doesn't base their decision on what is printed in the media. I'm not saying the story may or may not be correct, but this guy hasn't even gone to trial yet. Let the system take care of it.
  • by mel on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    First of all, "vague, somewhere", where in my "commit" did I stick up for anybody? Please calm down and read again carefully. Secondly, is he above the law or below it? Let me restate my question: If I'm under drug/alcohol influence and lose a patient, am I more accountable than a roofer who is coming home from a party drunk and kills someone in another vehicle? My statement is and was that there is a law applicable to everyone, and no one is above it or below it. 99 percent of cops don't drink and drive; 99 percent of docs don't drink and care for patients; 99 percent of roofers don't party and drive drunk. Let's just hate the one percent of ALL professions that do drink and drive and cause deaths, and not be selective as to who should be held more responsible. Now this man is in the hospital, and if you'll read the above story carefully to the end, you'll see that he will be charged with DUI as well as assault and wanton endangerment. He, as well as any other person charged with the same offenses, will be tried by a court of his peers. Must be nice to be a cop, huh. Tell that to one of those boys getting home after working all night wrestling drunks and cleaning puke out of their cruisers, or maybe answering a domestic violence call where they end up getting hit with a bat by the same woman who called cause she was getting beat up by her husband, or maybe watching parents in complete despair as their teenager gets scraped off the road. Remind them of that when they miss most of their kids activities because they're working during odd hours and weekends and attending court on days off. And especially let em know how lucky they are when they're picking up that little paycheck to be putting their life on the line both off and on duty.
  • by nolan fields Location: williamsburg,ky. on Jul 10, 2007 at 07:59 AM
    That is bad.I was ask if Ky.needed stricker laws for d.u.i..I say NO just need to inforce one,s we have.
  • by BJ Location: Berea on Jul 10, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    Police pull other people over for DUI and take them to jail. LOse there jobs who cares. Now a State Trooper is guilty of not only DUI but also hitting a family head on. He should be in jail and no pay until a trial. The good oh boy system must be nice to be a cop.

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