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June 4, 2013

Drug test comes back negative for dad charged in wreck


Somerset —

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.

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