Impaired driver crashes into church


It was a disturbing early morning wake-up call for the pastor of the Lothair United Methodist Church, Jeff Lambert.

"There was just water and smoke and smell everywhere. You can't help but, I don't know if I want to use the word sad but you're certainly disheartened," Lambert said.

Police say 46-year-old James Fultz of Hazard was under the influence of the prescription anti-depressant Trazodone when he slammed into the side of the church at 3 a.m. last night.

"He was unable to do a sobriety test because of him being so heavily intoxicated," said Sergeant Jerry Baker of the Hazard Police Department.

Fultz was charged with Driving Under the Influence, but officials say a warrant for criminal mischief will also be issued.

"I would want to say to him that he should be most grateful that he wasn't seriously injured and that this may be an opportunity for him to take a look at what's going on in his life and take advantage of this to turn his life around," said Lambert.

Police say Fultz was taken to the Hazard ARH and is expected to be arrested as soon as he is released.

Pastor Lambert says building inspectors say the sanctuary is fine but the Fellowship Hall must only have 20 people or less. He says the kitchen is closed for now.

No one was inside the church during the crash.


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