School bus accident yields fifty count indictment


by Jackson Latta



PRESTONSBURG – A fifty count indictment against Anthony Kiser was handed down by a Floyd County Grand Jury last week following an August accident involving a school bus.

According to court records, Anthony Kiser, 38, of Betsy Layne was arrested on August 20 of this year after a two vehicle accident involving a school bus near Harold. In the police report, Kentucky State Police officials state that Kiser was observed with “blood-shot glassy eyes, pin point pupils, and slurred speech.”

Kiser reportedly told officers at the scene that he had taken Oxycontin. A search of Kiser’s vehicle uncovered twenty-four oxycodone and one Xanax.

Kiser was booked into the Floyd County Detention Center.

The indictment handed down last week charged Kiser with the following charges:

  • Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to wear seat belt
  • Failure to produce insurance card
  • Failure to maintain insurance
  • First-degree possession of a controlled substance
  • Third-degree possession of a controlled substance
  • 42 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment

This is not Kiser’s first run in with the law. The August accident was his third charge of driving under the influence in six years. Kiser had previously been found guilty of driving under the influence in 2009 and again in 2012. Kiser was also found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident and wanton endangerment in 2012.

In September, Kiser requested to be sent to treatment at the Isaiah House, a residential faith-based drug and alcohol treatment facility for men and women. On September 8, he was released from custody to attend treatment.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt. It is a set of written criminal charges issued against a party, where a grand jury, under the guidance of a prosecutor, has found that sufficient evidence exists to justify trying the party for that crime.

by Jackson Latta

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