Commonwealth Journal

June 4, 2013

Drug test comes back negative for dad charged in wreck

By HEATHER TOMLINSON, CJ Staff Writer
Commonwealth Journal

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. 
During a hearing last week, Foster presented some 480 pages of medical records to Pulaski Circuit Court Judge David A. Tapp and noted several instances during which Jimmy Jasper was injected with benzodiazepines — at least once a day, according to Foster. Foster said the records state that Jimmy Jasper received a number of benzodiazepines, including Valium.
Foster also noted that a drug screening given upon Jimmy Jasper’s admission in the hospital came back negative for benzodiazepines.
“The original reason Mr. Jasper was even being looked at was the low-level positives in his urine of a prescription medication,” said Foster. “We were able to show through the presentation of Mr. Jasper’s medical records that the medication had been given to him while he was in the hospital.” 
Tapp agreed to allow Jimmy Jasper to be released from jail and placed on home incarceration with an ankle monitor until results from the fourth test were returned.
Foster said Jimmy Jasper’s results came back “completely negative” for benzodiazepines.
“It was simply left over in his system from the hospital,” said Foster. 
A letter placed in Jimmy Jasper’s court file confirms that Jimmy Jasper was released from the ankle monitor and placed back under his original bond conditions. 
Jaden Jasper, Jimmy Jasper’s daughter, continues to recover from her injuries. She spent nearly a month recovering in Lexington before returning home. Jaden Jasper suffered a depressed skull fracture, a broken eye socket, and a broken cheekbone. 
Jimmy Jasper was indicted in early April on one charge of first-degree assault in connection with the accident, and he was initially arrested Friday, April 5, by the Somerset Police Department. 
Somerset Police claim Jasper’s blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of .08 when the crash occurred.
Jimmy Jasper has pleaded not guilty to the charge. 
A trial date for Jimmy Jasper has been set for July 10, 2013.