Paducah woman crashes after driving past ROAD CLOSED sign

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — A Paducah woman was charged with DUI after she drove her car past a closed road sign and crashed.

Around 7:47 p.m. Thursday, McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies were call to a crash at the intersection of US 60 and Camelback, the location of the old Ledbetter Bridge.

Deputies say 53-year-old Sharla Jo Smith of Paducah drove her SUV past a ROAD CLOSED sign, through large orange barrels, and through a guardrail at a dead end road.

A witness called to report the crash in spite of Smith begging her not to call police. Smith was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Smith was found to be under the influence. She was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence – 3rd offense and failure of owner to maintain insurance.

Due to her injuries she was not arrested and was instead released to the hospital for medical treatment.