Driver nearly hits school bus head-on, charged with DUI

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PIKEVILLE, KY. (WYMT) -- Pikeville Police arrested a man Wednesday after witnesses saw him driving under the influence.

Police officers responded to a call of an intoxicated driver on US 23. The caller said they saw the car crash into a ditch on US 460, get back on the road, drive in the wrong lane and then nearly hit a school bus head-on.

"We were terrified," said Kayla Childers, who recorded the incident while her husband Steven drove. "He had wrecked twice in front of us, yeah, he wrecked twice and made it back onto the road."

The witness called back later to say the driver pulled into Food City and stopped in the fire lane. A Kentucky Highway Department truck pulled in behind the car to keep it from leaving.

Kayla Childers says her three children were in the backseat. She was on the phone with dispatchers as they followed the man driving.

"If we hadn't stayed with him, he probably would have killed somebody or himself for that matter," she added.

When police arrived, they found the car halfway on the sidewalk in the fire lane. Apparently, the driver tried to drive onto the sidewalk to get away but didn't have enough room.

The driver, Kevin Way Hopkins of Shelbiana, was still in the driver's seat. Officers said he slurred his words, looked groggy and had pinpoint pupils.

Childers and her husband saw Hopkins' car go on the wrong side of the road and nearly hit a school bus. Another witness had several cellphone videos of the car weaving down the road and nearly causing several crashes.

"You know, thankfully, there were no injuries to any other party, there was no collision with any other vehicle uh in this situation and all that was due to the concerned citizen following that vehicle letting us know so we could do what we needed to do," Capt. Aaron Rogers with the Pikeville Police Department said.

Police charged Hopkins with driving under the influence and took him to the Pike County Detention Center.

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