Police: Couple overdosing in car hits veterans monument


    Police say driver on heroin hit the Dayton, Ky. veteran's monument (WKRC)

    DAYTON, Ky. (WKRC) - A car hit a veterans monument in Dayton, Kentucky and police say the driver and his passenger were overdosing on heroin.

    Police say the car hit the monument at 6th and Berry streets on April 24 at about 7:30 p.m. A witness told police the car had been going slow but then sped up right before the accident.

    When the officers saw that the pair appeared to be overdosing they called medics, who gave both Narcan.


    Dayton, Kentucky is fed up and it's not taking it anymore.

    The tiny Northern Kentucky town is inundated with heroin overdoses and they say they are tired of people from out of town coming to Dayton and causing trouble.

    Dayton's veterans memorial is a highly visible, right on Route 8.

    It's a high-profile monument to honor the locals who served in the community.

    But, on Monday night, it was sadly made an example of a growing nuisance that people in the area are getting tired of.

    About 7:20 p.m. Monday night, a car went off Route 8 and slammed into the veteran's memorial. Dayton police and fire were on the scene quickly. It was familiar territory.

    "They also discovered what appeared to be an overdose. Medic 280 was also there on the scene and began to administer Narcan. Both of them were transported," said Lt. Tony Baldwin of the Dayton, Kentucky Police.

    The passenger was charged with public intoxication. Driver Christopher Marshall was charged with DUI, wanton endangerment, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, having a suspended license and failure to produce and insurance card. He also had two warrants for failure to appear. Both were from Cleves, Ohio.

    Two months ago another Ohio driver slammed into Smitty's bar in Dayton. That driver also had to be revived with Narcan.

    "We're all fed up with it. It's unfortunate because it's the private business owners and the community that has to pick up the pieces of these unfortunate events," said Michael Giffen, Dayton, Kentucky City Administrator.

    A community forced to clean up the mess of out-of-town drivers while the drivers just go home across the river. It's a situation that many would understand to be unacceptable.

    This time though, the good news is that no one was seriously injured in Monday night's accident and the monument can be repaired.

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