Passenger attacked by wasps after DUI crash in Laurel County, KY

Published: Jul. 28, 2016 at 4:59 AM EDT
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An intoxicated driver and passenger in Laurel County were stung by wasps after a crash.

Laurel County deputies responded to a complaint of a man running around out-of-control on Patton Spur Road, approximately 6 miles north of London on Tuesday night.

The driver, 36-year-old Noah Elkins, ran his vehicle off the road and struck a utility pole.

When deputies arrived at the scene they observed Elkins spraying himself with a water hose in a resident's yard and stating he had been stung by several wasps.

Deputies learned that when Elkins' vehicle struck the utility pole, it disturbed a hive of yellow jacket wasps. Deputies say the wasps allegedly had begun stinging both the driver and his female passenger, 35-year-old Priscilla Simpson, causing the two to flee through the neighborhood while being chased by the wasps.

In addition, deputies determined that both Elkins and Simpson were under the influence of several drugs, including Suboxone, neurotin, and Klonopin.

Elkins and Simpson were transported to St. Joseph Hospital London for treatment of injuries from the crash and numerous wasp stings.