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June 4, 2013

Drug test comes back negative for dad charged in wreck

Somerset —

Questions over random drug test results for a man facing an assault charge in connection with a March accident that left him and his daughter seriously injured have been put to bed. 
James “Jimmy” Jasper, 56, of Somerset, was removed from home incarceration over the weekend after a drug test, administered after concerns were brought up about a certain class of drugs that had showed up in his system, came back with negative results, according to his attorney, Scott Foster. 
Jasper was arrested Thursday, May 23, on an alleged bond violation after he tested positive for a class of drugs called benzodiazepines in three random drug tests. 
The report of non-compliance, filed Wednesday, May 22, states that Jasper tested positive for benzodiazepines in drug screenings given on April 12, April 22 and May 8. The pre-trial division had not obtained any information confirming that Jasper had a prescription for benzodiazepines as of the report’s filing. 
The report also states the levels of benzodiazepines found in Jasper’s system are going down. 
Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs used to treat a variety of issues, such as back pain, insomnia and anxiety. Frequently-prescribed benzodiazepines include Klonopin, Xanax, and Valium.
Foster, had said the results may stem from Jasper’s stay in the hospital for treatment of a number of severe injuries after the March 5 car crash.
Jasper spent several days at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in March recovering from a number of injuries. He and his daughter, Jaden Jasper, 12, were seriously injured after Jimmy Jasper’s vehicle ran off the road on Pumphouse Road and through a wooden fence, which crashed through the interior of the car and struck both Jaden and Jimmy. 
Jimmy Jasper was struck and impaled by a fence plank in the shoulder area and also suffered a broken collarbone, broken clavicle, broken ribs, broken vertebrates, broken wrist, collapsed aorta, and a skull fracture. He spent several days in the hospital recovering from his injuries, and he has continued his recovery at home. 

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