Man charged with DUI after swerving across 4 lanes of traffic

Charles Parks of Ellis Wrecker Service keeps a close watch on the vehicle as it is being hauled back up from the ravine.
Charles Parks of Ellis Wrecker Service keeps a close watch on the vehicle as it is being hauled back up from the ravine.

A Corbin man is lucky to be alive after shooting across four lanes of traffic on US 25E Monday afternoon.

Witnesses say Ryan Michael Vaughn, 24, was driving south in the slow lane around 6 p.m. when his vehicle, a 199 Mercury Sable, came up on a Silverado truck and suddenly careened across the median and shot across both northbound lanes. The vehicle crashed through the northbound guardrail and landed right-side up at the bottom of a steep ravine.

Vaughn told Knox County Deputy Carl Frith that he had recently drunk some cough syrup. Deputy Frith, on the other hand, said Vaughn’s eyes told a completely different story.

Northbound traffic was held to one lane for about an hour as Ellis Wrecker Service hauled up the vehicle from the ravine.

Vaughn came away with minor injuries, but refused treatment. He was arrested and charged with DUI. After taking him to the hospital for a drug test, Vaughn was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Deputy Frith was assisted by the Bailey Switch Fire Department and Knox EMS.