Yes, I know there are more pressing matters in the world, but every now and then it’s worth pausing to reflect upon the fact that in many ways, Darwin was right.

An inebriated Kentucky couple was in for quite the surprise when they happened upon a beehive just after crashing their car through a fence, to be stopped by a utility pole.

From an eyewitness:

Local Kentucky news reported:

But last night, Gary Anderson watched from his porch as a purple Tracker veered on and off the pavement.

“Then he passed probably going about 35-40 miles an hour, pretty fast really. And all the sudden, I heard a big boom,” said Anderson.

He says the driver, Noah Elkins, crashed right into a fence. He hit the utility pole with such force that it’s still in pieces in the field.

But worse for Elkins and his passenger, Priscilla Simpson, he also knocked over a bee hive.

“They said he was hitting things, banging on stuff, throwing his arms up in the air. Screaming and just making a really big scene,” said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Anderson says Elkins ran into his yard and started spraying the hose on himself and Simpson.

“I didn’t know what he was doing, but I told him he needed to get out of that water. I didn’t know he was getting eaten by bees, I thought he was just high,” said Anderson.

Once ambulances arrived, Simpson told police that they in fact had taken several pills before getting on the road. They had gotten on that road because they were trying to find a swimming hole, which was miles away.

“I think they learned a valuable lesson. Hopefully not to drink and drive, and even more than that you don’t disturb a hive of bees,” said Acciardo.

Anderson guesses that more than 300 swarmed the couple when they first crashed, which is why instead of jail, they went to the hospital.

Elkins was charged with driving under the influence, and Simpson was charged with public intoxication. They’re both due in court next month.

I doubt that’s a lesson they’ll soon forget.

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