By Rachel Dove
SCARLET ROAD - A Williamson man and his girlfriend found themselves in trouble with the law when the man tried in vain to keep the woman out of trouble, according to a criminal complaint filed by Mingo County sheriff’s deputies.
Jo Lynn Holloway was operating a 2008 Mercedes Benz and had dropped her boyfriend, Gregory K. Williams, off at his mining job on Scarlet Road prior to slamming into a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Charles Lowe, of Pikeville, Ky., who was traveling along with passenger Wesley Lowe to their mining jobs in Logan County, according to the complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court by Mingo County sheriff’s deputies Lt. Joseph Ferris and Cpl. Phillip Muncy.
Holloway was attempting to exit Scarlet Road onto U.S. Highway 119 when the collision occurred, according to deputies. Williams’co-workers told him about the crash when they arrived at the mine, then drove him to the scene of the wreck, where he got into the driver’s seat and placed Holloway on the passenger’s side, in an attempt to pass himself off as the driver, the complaint states.
When questioned by officers, Williams allegedly stated that he had driven the car to work, and the crash occurred after he went into his place of employment and noticed that he didn’t have anything to drink in his lunch bucket so he came back outside to drive to a nearby gas station to purchase drinks. The two injured men in the other vehicle, along with other witnesses, told police the female was the driver, and that Williams had come to the scene to get into the car, deputies said.
Upon further examination of the Mercedes, the officers said they discovered that the seat was moved up closer to the steering wheel than Williams would have needed and only one air bag had deployed upon impact, which pointed to only one occupant being inside when the accident occurred.
Holloway suffered injuries in the accident, as did the men in the other vehicle involved in the crash, deputies said. All three were taken to local hospitals by STAT Ambulance for evaluation and treatment.
An arrest warrant was issued for Williams on one count of false reporting (misdemeanor), and the defendant turned himself in after being notified of the charges against him, deputies said. He was arraigned before Mingo County Senior Status Magistrate Kim Blair and was released from custody on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond, court records show.
Charges against Holloway, who allegedly does not have a valid driver’s license, are pending, according to deputies. She had been hospitalized after the accident for injuries she had sustained and the deputies said the pending results of her toxicology report could result in charges.