Memorial Day Crash Driver Facing Charges
By WestKyStar Staff
GILBERTSVILLE, KY - A Gilbertsville man who still may face charges related to a Memorial Day head-on collision that left several Marshall County teens injured has been arrested for public intoxication. According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, 24-year-old Cory Burkeen was arrested Monday night and lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.
Deputies were dispatched to Gilbertsville Highway around 11:15 pm Monday in reference to someone being pushed through a glass window. When deputies arrived they made contact with Burkeen but saw no evidence to support his claim of assault.
Burkeen was allegedly under the influence of an unknown intoxicant and had been told by deputies earlier in the evening to stay inside. He was arrested and charged with public intoxication-controlled substance.
Burkeen was behind the wheel May 28 when his truck crossed the centerline and struck the car full of teens on Highway 95 in Marshall County. Two passengers in the car, Shane McKenty and Landon Lovett, suffered severe injuries and were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Both are still recovering from their injuries. The driver, Landon McGregor and another passenger, Maggie Adams, were also injured in the wreck, although their injuries were minor.
After the accident, investigators said they found Burkeen smelling of alcohol, and several alcoholic beverage containers around his vehicle. But according to a preliminary report, Burkeen had no alcohol in his bloodstream at the time of the accident.
Burkeen’s blood is still being tested for other illegal substances. Pending the final results, Burkeen could face charges.