Collision scene on Highway 27

Stearns, Kentucky Woman Arrested during Investigation of Injury Collision on U.S. Highway 27 in Pulaski County

SOMERSET, KY - According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office: On Friday, September 22, 2023, Sheriff Bobby Jones reported an injury accident that led to S. Hwy 27 being temporarily shut down, and the arrest of a Stearns, KY woman.

At approximately 9:45 PM on Thursday, September 21, 2023, units with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 14000 block of S. Hwy 27 in regard to a motor vehicle collision with injury.


Once on scene, SGT Alex Wesley discovered a 2009 Ford Escape being operated by Leona J. Lyons, 52 years of age, of Stearns, KY, was traveling northbound when it crossed into the oncoming southbound lane and made contact with a 2002 Toyota Tundra pulling a trailer being operated by Daron Neal, 36 years of age, of Stearns, KY.

Due to the large amount of debris on the roadway from the collision, S. Hwy 27 was temporarily shut down until the Kentucky State Highway Department could safely clear potential hazards.

Neal was transported from the scene by Somerset/Pulaski County EMS to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital to be treated for injuries.

During the investigation of the accident, it was determined that Lyons was an impaired driver at the time of the collision. 

Leona Lyons was transported from the scene to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital by Dep. Dylan West for evidence collection purposes prior to being lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Leona Lyons was initially charged by Dep. West with:

  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree
  • Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Controlled Substance 4th Offense or Greater (Aggravated Circumstances)
  • Driving DUI Suspended License 2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstances)
  • Failure to Produce Insurance Card for the offenses at the time of the collision investigation.

After lodging Lyons in the Pulaski County Detention Center, Lyons was discovered to be in possession of what is believed to be Methamphetamine.

Lyons was further charged with:

  • Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine)
  • Promoting Contraband 1st Degree

Photo of the accused is courtesy of the Pulaski County Detention Center.

Photo of collision scene is from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

The collision investigation is ongoing by SGT Alex Wesley, while the criminal investigation is being conducted by Dep. Dylan West.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene of the collision by the Somerset/Pulaski County EMS, the Tateville Volunteer Fire Department, the Pulaski County Rescue Squad SRT, the Kentucky State Highway Department and the Burnside Police Department.

Sheriff Bobby Jones asks if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to contact our tip line at 606-679-8477. You can also leave a tip on our webpage at You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411, or by using our mobile app on both Google Play and the App Store.


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