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Milton woman found passed out with grandchildren in car

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Car was stopped in middle of Henry County roadway

By CINDY DiFAZIO
The Henry County Local

A Milton woman was charged with driving under the influence in Henry County after she was found passed out in her car early Monday morning.
Kathy Thornton, 44, was sleeping in the driver’s seat when Kentucky State Police came upon her car. Trooper Tim Moore was responding to a report called in to KSP at 3:15 a.m., reporting a woman who appeared unconscious sitting in a running vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the road on Pendleton Loop.
Moore found Thornton also had two young children, a 3-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy also sleeping in the back seat of the car. Moore determined Thornton to be the children’s grandmother.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that Thornton was impaired to the point of unconsciousness while operating the vehicle,” according to a KSP news release.
KSP Public Information Officer Michael Webb said Thornton  had been traveling from Louisville.
She was arrested and charged with DUI and first-degree wanton endangerment. The two children were placed with other family members.
Thornton also faces charges of second-degree and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, both a second offense or greater.
The drug charges were added after prescription drugs were found on Moore when she was searched at the Carroll County Detention Center, where she was still being held Tuesday at press time.
“She got them into the jail somehow,” Webb said. “They were in a location where a trooper doesn’t usually search.”
Thornton was arraigned Monday in District Court. Judge William Ryan set her bond at $500 cash. Her next court date is Nov. 22.

Cindy DiFazio is staff writer/photographer for The Henry County Local.