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Pulaski Co. man pleads guilty in DUI crash that seriously injured daughter

PULASKI, Ky. (WKYT) - SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Jimmy Jasper was driving his daughter, Jaden home after picking her up at Northern Middle School..on the afternoon of March 5th.

“I was driving drunk and ran off the road and caused serious injury to my daughter, Jaden,” Jasper told Judge David Tapp during the change of plea hearing Friday morning in Pulaski Circuit Court.

Jaden spent weeks at UK hospital where she had several surgeries and some call her a recovery nothing short of a miracle.
Jasper admitted to the charges of assault….saying before the crash he had taken sleeping pills….anxiety meds..and topped it off with 12 beers.

“That’s a good start for him to admit it. It was horribly wrong and that driving drunk is not an accident it was a crime,” said Commowealth’s Attorney Eddy Montgomery.

It’s a crime punishable by 10 years in prison, but the deal has him on probation and under home incarceration for 9 months. The prosecutor says he spoke to Jaden for an hour…and the recommended sentence was the result of that converstation.

“Her wishes very strongly to me were ‘don’t put my Daddy in jail,’” said Montgomery.

Jaden and numerous family members were in the courtroom Friday morning and her mother says the 12 year old is doing remarkably well. They just learned that she will not have any more surgeries and she goes back to school where she will be an 8th grader in a couple of weeks.

Jasper will be under probation for 5 years and he’ll be subject to random drug tests and home visits.

“If he makes any mistakes, I will be asking this judge to revoke his probation. Our judges are very strict on probation,” said Montgomery.

If Jasper doesn’t comply he will be sentenced to the full 10 years in prison.

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