Repeat DUI offender charged in accident; man accused of strangulation

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Wreck scene involving suspected DUI driver/Laurel County Sheriff's Department

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A suspected repeat DUI offender is

Benjamin Liford/Laurel County Sheriff’s Department

charged again after crashing head on into another car, seriously injuring the driver.

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And in another case, a man is accused of strangling a woman and breaking out the windows in her home with her two children there.

In the accident, Laurel County Sheriff John Root said 34-year-old Benjamin Liford, of Corbin, was charged with fourth-offense DUI following the accident which happened on South Laurel Road about three miles south of London.

Liford was driving Dodge Ram pickup when he crossed into oncoming traffic, crashing into a Ford Focus driven by 55-year-old Audie Williams, of Corbin, Root said.

Williams had to be cut from the vehicle and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital – London for treatment.

Other agencies assisting included Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, Laurel County Fire Department, and London Laurel Rescue Squad.

In the strangulation case, 37-year-old Everett Conner III, of South

Everett Conner III/Laurel County Sheriff’s Department

Highway 1223 in Corbin, is charged with second degree strangulation, criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault and other offenses in connection with an incident at about 9 a.m. Monday.

Deputy Brent France and Sgt. Brett Reeves responded to Braxton Lane about seven miles south of London to a call of a man trying to force his way into a home. When they arrived, they could hear a disturbance in the back of the house where they found Conner breaking out windows with the woman and her two children incide, the sheriff said.

As part of their investigation, deputies found Conner punched and choked, the woman, according to the sheriff.

In an unrelated case also involving an accident, a stolen car was

Stolen car found wrecked/Laurel County Sheriff’s Department

recovered after the person who stole it apparently wrecked.

The yellow Pontiac was stolen about 10:30 p.m. Friday on Twin Valley Road. Early Saturday morning, it wa recovered wrecked on Lily School Road, Root said.