KSP: Paintsville woman fled scene of injury wreck

Melissa Burchett

A Paintsville woman was arrested after she allegedly fled the scene of an injury crash at Thealka Monday night.

According to court documents, at 8:11 p.m., Monday, Kentucky State Police Post 9 received a call from Johnson County 911 reporting a two-vehicle injury crash at the intersection of Ky. 581 and Ky. 993 at Thealka.

KSP Trooper D. Thompson wrote that he was advised before he arrived on-scene that one of the drivers had fled on foot.

Upon arrival, Thompson wrote, he was told by Johnson County Sheriff Doug Saylor that Melissa A. Burchett, 40, of Depot Road, was one of the drivers, but had fled the scene on foot. Thompson wrote that a check of the vehicle revealed that the vehicle’s registration plate did not go to the vehicle to which it was attached.

While he was contacting patients from the crash who were being treated at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Thompson wrote, Saylor and Deputy Jason Arms located Burchett. Arms, the citation said, searched Burchett and found a book of rolling papers and a small plastic container of a green leafy substance Burchett admitted was marijuana.

Burchett was brought to Thompson, the citation said, and he noted she appeared intoxicated and could not successfully complete field sobriety tests. Burchett, he wrote, also refused chemical testing.

She was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on charges of DUI (aggravating circumstances), leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic charges.

Burchett remained lodged in the jail as of presstime Tuesday.

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