Around 7 p.m. October 7, 2017, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to a possible wreck along I-75. Dep. Saunders located a Chevy Cobalt alongside the interstate near the northbound 8 mile point. The passenger side was damaged and the front right wheel rim was in contact with the pavement.
The driver, Crystal Miller, 38, of Cumberland, Kentucky, told Dep. Saunders that the car had overheated. Dep. Saunders sensed the strong odor of alcoholic beverages about the vehicle. In plain view was a bottle of vodka.
Although she was on the shoulder of the northbound lane, Miller told Dep. Saunders that she was returning from Indiana. In the front passenger seat was an eight-year-old, and in the rear passenger area was an adult male, Terry Sibrava, 44, of Cumberland, Kentucky.
Miller was unable to complete field sobriety tests and refused a portable breathalyzer test.
During the investigation, Dep. Saunders located a mixed drink in a cup and three bottles of liquor. Miller eventually admitted to colliding with the rear of a tractor trailer. Dep Saunders also located what’s believed to be marijuana in door compartment where Sibrava was seated.
Miller was arrested for the felony offense of first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor. She was also charged with DUI and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle. Miller’s DUI charge includes an aggravating factor, which was having a child under 12-years-old in the vehicle. Sibrava was arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of marijuana, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle and alcohol intoxication in a public place.
Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Social Services responded, and the child was released to the care of a family member. Fortunately, the child did not sustain physical injuries during the collision. Dep. Brian Hensley assisted at the scene.