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Man faces charges following wreck

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Preliminary hearing set for March 3

By Linda Ireland

A Hodgenville man who was involved in a serious crash Jan. 20 has been charged with driving under the influence after testing positive for marijuana, opiates and two other substances. The substances were not specified in court records.

Jason Scott Hatcher, 24, was charged also with possession of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree wanton endangerment by the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office.

Hatcher lost control of the 1993 Ford Probe he was driving on Bardstown Road, according to Deputy Matt Darst. It left the roadway, crossed the center line and struck a curve sign and utility pole. It traveled about 180-feet before overturning and coming to rest on its top near the intersection with Forest Hill.

Hatcher suffered numerous injuries and was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS and later transferred to University Hospital. He was treated and released and was expected to need the services of a neurosurgeon, according to a family member.

Hatcher’s passenger, Andrew Marcum, suffered minor injuries and was taken to HMH by private vehicle, Darst said. The wanton endangerment charge stems from Hatcher driving with a passenger.

Hatcher entered a not guilty plea in LaRue District Court Feb. 17. A preliminary hearing is set for March 3. Surety bond was set at $9,500.