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Corbin man arrested for causing a serious accident and leaving the scene while intoxicated

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Joshua Harness - LCCC

Late Saturday night June 15, 2019 we reported that there was a serious accident caused by a hit and run on Highway 25E in front of Wal-mart in Corbin.


A woman, identified as Lisa Bryant Sanders, and her three grandchildren were struck in their green Kia Soul by a Lexus SUV driven by 31 year old Jason Harness of Corbin, formerly Middlesboro. The impact caused the vehicle to flip and come to rest on it's top in the middle of the roadway.


Harness was seen by eyewitnesses sitting for a short period of time watching the scene unfold and then leaving the area. Harness was followed to his home in Corbin by four bystanders that witnessed the accident and assisted Kentucky State Police Trooper Sam Walker in the arrest. Harness was determined to be under the influence and resisted arrest on scene.


WRIL spoke to Mrs. Sanders and she and her husband want to thank those that helped them on scene and in apprehending Harness. She said those that helped left the area before the trooper could thank them. She went on to tell us that she wanted: “to let them know that my babies are ok, they just had some seat belt burns and small cuts and bruises. I have alot of bad contusions, but I am ok.” She also wants to thank Trooper Sam Walker for doing a great job on the arrest.


Joshua Harness was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center just after midnight on Sunday June 16, 2019. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs – 1st offense, leaving the scene of an accident-failure to render aid or assistance, failure to produce insurance card, resisting arrest, and wanton endangerment – 1st degree.


He was released on Tuesday afternoon June 18th after posting a $10,000 cash bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 25, 2019 at 11:00am.

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