Police: Alcohol believed to be a factor in fatal Marshall County crash

Police say alcohol is believed to have been a factor in a Marshall County crash that killed a Benton, Ky. man Saturday night.

According to a news release issued by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, a preliminary crash investigation suggests that 35-year-old Charles J. Bradford’s car crossed the center line of Olive Creek Road and struck another car driven by Monty L. Thompson, 44, of Dexter. Bradford was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marshall County Coroner’s Office. Marshall County Sheriff’s Office operations director David Maddox says that alcohol is believed to have been a factor in Bradford’s car crossing the center line, but says a toxicology report is pending.

Police say further investigation revealed that Thompson fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival and his passenger later lied about being behind the wheel.

Thomspon was arrested by deputies on Monday. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

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