A couple under the influence of drugs and alcohol veered off a Kentucky road and into a beehive, leading a local farmer to hose them down in an effort to save them from the swarm late last month.
Noah Elkins, 36, and Priscilla Simpson, 35, were looking for a place to swim near London, Kentucky, when Elkins managed to crash their pink Geo Tracker into a fence post. To their surprise, Elkins and Simpson quickly learned they had smashed into a beehive.
"He didn’t know it–but he found out–that there was a hive of bees there," Deputy Gilbert Acciardo of the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office told local CBS affiliate WKYT. "And he had disturbed them."
A local resident, who was feeding his chickens and about to play a video game on his cell phone, witnessed the crash and hundreds of bees swarm the intoxicated couple.
"All of a sudden I heard a big ‘boom,’ and I looked back out my door and the electric pole fell and the lines were falling," Gary Lee Anderson told the news station. "And the Geo Tracker was sideways into the fence."
"The guy came out, screaming and squalling, and running around about like a chicken with its head cut off," he added.
Anderson said the couple ran up to his house, grabbed his hose, and attempted to spray the bees off of themselves.
"I told him, ‘you need to get out of that water,’" he said. "But I didn’t know he was getting eat up by bees, I thought he was just high," Anderson said.
The onlooker said he was stung twice himself, and he thinks the couple likely learned their lesson after the whole ordeal.
"I’d say they’re itching real good," Anderson told WKYT. "Because my ankle’s itching. I think it’s that poison from them bees."
The couple was taken to St. Joseph Hospital London. Elkins was charged with a DUI and Simpson was charged with public intoxication after police said the woman admitted to taking a number of drugs in the lead-up to the crash, according to local ABC affiliate WTVQ.