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Coach Cal: Two UK players involved in crash

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

UK Basketball Coach John Calipari says two UK players were inside an SUV that police say was hit by a drunk driver in Lexington.

The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. Friday on High Street, near Euclid Avenue.

Lexington Police say 22-year-old Scott Roseberry was driving an SUV the wrong way down High Street when he hit another SUV.

Calipari says Terrence Jones and Stacey Poole were passengers inside the SUV that was hit.

Poole and the driver of the SUV that was hit were taken to UK Hospital to be checked out, but neither were seriously injured, and released.

On his website, coachcal.com, Calipari wrote that Jones left the scene after the crash, in fears of getting in an altercation with Roseberry.

A good friend of the two players, Steven Dorn, was with them. He says they had just left Forte, an 18 and up club in Chevy Chase, when the crash occurred. Dorn talked about why Jones left the scene.

"He was shaken up by the car wreck. He had been there about five minutes. I was there too. And police hadn't gotten there. People kept coming up to him. He was getting annoyed, at that point, he just felt it was better to go ahead and leave," said Dorn.

Dorn says, he's been questioned if Jones was intoxicated, and that's why he left.

"I feel terrible for Terrance right now, everybody is turning the story around, they have know idea what they're talking about," he said. "He was not drunk, he wasn't even drinking, he was doing nothing wrong."

He was with Jones when police questioned the UK sophomore at a home off Alexandria. There, Dorn said, police talked about giving Jones a sobriety test, but never did.

According to Sherelle Roberts, spokeswoman for the Lexington Division of Police, the only person given a sobriety test was the suspected drunk driver, Scott Roseberry.

"It's like people are forgetting, Terrance, Stacey and the driver, Larry are the victims here," Dorn said.

Jones was later treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries.

UPDATE: According to Kentucky law, it is not illegal for a passenger involved in an accident to leave the scene.

Roseberry was arrested and charged with DUI. This was the first time he had been booked in the Fayette County Detention Center.

"Our players did not break any rules by being out last night," Calipari wrote on his website. "As of yesterday, this team did not have a curfew and our normal procedure is to begin the season without one. I usually let the actions of my team determine a curfew. However, because of the actions of a select few, this team has showed me an inability to make proper judgment and decisions that they've been given the freedom to make."

Calipari went on to say that for the rest of the season, the UK basketball team would have a curfew.

Terrence Jones sent a message on Twitter this morning, saying, "Thanking God for blessing me to live and wake up this morning."

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