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Heroin charges result from hit-and-run crash

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By Josh Shepherd, News writer

A Cynthiana woman was arrested on drug charges and driving on a suspended license after she attempted to flee the scene of a car accident near Walmart. She was apprehended by a Harrison County sheriff’s deputy within minutes of her attempted flight from the scene.

According to the accident report from Cynthiana assistant police chief Bill Denton, Tonya Applegate, 31, was turning left on Ladish Road from East Ridge Road when she collided with a car driven by Robin Ernst.

Applegate apparently motioned for Ernst to pull into a nearby parking lot, then proceeded to flee the scene of the accident.

A description of Applegate’s vehicle, a 2001 Ford F250 truck listed under the ownership of a John Eckler, was dispatched to all Cynthiana and Harrison County law enforcement.

Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak spotted Applegate minutes later on Shadynook Pike and proceeded to apprehend and place her under arrest on charges of driving on a suspended license.

Applegate’s 4-year-old child was in the car at the time of the accident and arrest. According to the deputy, the child was secured in an appropriate child’s harness in the back seat.

A search of the vehicle following the arrest produced two used needles and a spoon with burn marks consistent with the use of heroin, the report said.

 Though informed of her rights, the report said that Applegate admitted to fleeing the accident scene because she knew that her license was suspended. The report also said that she admitted to having used the needles and spoon recently for heroin use.