Tennessee man arrested after injury crash in Graves County, Kentucky

James Gholson

GRAVES COUNTY, KY — A Tennessee man was arrested Monday in west Kentucky after sheriff’s deputies say he caused a two-vehicle crash that injured him and the other driver, a 72-year-old woman.

The Graves County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old James Gholson of Franklin, Tennessee, was driving south on U.S. 45 near Hunt Road when he rear-ended the vehicle in front of him. The impact forced at car, driven by 72-year-old Linda Reid, off the road to the left and down into a ditch. Reid’s car hit a parked bucket truck before finally coming to a stop.

Deputies say witnesses reported seeing Gholson drinking alcohol in his vehicle when the crash happened. A deputy smelled the strong odor of alcohol on Gholson, and the sheriff’s office says Gholson told the deputy he was drunk. He was placed under arrest at the scene.

Reid was taken to Jackson Purchase Medical Center by Mayfield Graves County EMS. Deputies say her injuries were not life threatening. Gholson was also taken to the hospital. After he was treated and released, he was taken to the Graves County Jail.

He is charged with first degree wanton endangerment, driving under the influence on the first offense, possession of an open alcohol container.