Car accident lands two people in jail on drug charges
SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – What began with a car accident ended with two people in jail on a host of drug charges, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say just before 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 8, 2021, they were sent to a two-vehicle injury accident on West Highway 80 near the Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument.
Investigators say one of the driver’s, Mary Gaines, of Ferguson, and her passenger, Daniel Brosnan, of Somerset, both appeared to be under the influence. Deputies say Brosnan threw a backpack over the fence at Mill Springs Battlefield.
Deputies say they searched the backpack and found 132.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine and two bags of suspected cocaine. Investigators say one of the bags was tested in the field and came back positive for cocaine. Deputies say there were 24.8 grams of suspected cocaine. Deputies say a needle and a set of digital scales were also found in the backpack. Several other substances in the backpack were sent to the Kentucky State Police lab for further analysis, according to investigators.
Deputies say they also found a fully loaded .22 caliber revolver in the glove box of Mary Gaines’ vehicle. They also say they found $170 in cash and digital scales in her purse.
Investigators say when Gaines was being booked into jail, they found a small plastic baggie in her personal belongings that had Lortab pills in it, which is a Schedule II Controlled Narcotic, which led to an additional charge of promoting contraband. Deputies say Gaines also had an active warrant for her arrest from an unrelated case.
Deputies say Mary Gaines was charged with the following:
Charge 1: Operating Vehicle with Expired Operators License
Charge 2: Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
(189a.010(1d) – 1st
Charge 3: Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Off – (Greater than or = 2
Charge 4: Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Off – (Greater than or = 4
Charge 5: Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon
Charge 6: Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession
(During the contact with Ms. Gaines, Deputies learned that she had a District Court
Bench Warrant out of Russell County for Failure to Appear on a Public Intoxication
Controlled Substance charge and a Drug Paraphernalia Charge)
Investigators say Daniel Brosnan was charged with the following offenses:
Charge 1: Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol)
Charge 2: Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Off – (Greater than or =
2 Grams Methamphetamine)
Charge 3: Trafficking in Controlled Sub, 1st Degree, 1st Off – (Greater than or = 4
Charge 4: Possession of Handgun by Convicted Felon
Charge 5: Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession
Gaines and Brosnan were jailed in the Pulaski County Detention Center.
Deputy Trenton Massey was the responding deputy in the case. He was assisted by Lieutenant Daryl Kegley, of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotic Division, and Deputies Kyle Edwards, Brett Thomas, and Nathan Meadows. Also on
the scene were the Somerset/Pulaski County EMS and the Nancy Fire Department.