Wrong-way driver Danny Polak arrested in Kentucky

Danny Polak and Joy Barnes
Police say Danny Polak was traveling south in the northbound lanes on Sept. 23, 2014 when he struck a northbound car driven by Joy Barnes.

BROWNSVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) – A driver who caused a deadly head-on crash on Interstate 65 in Robertson County last September was arrested for DUI over the weekend in Kentucky.

Police in Brownsville, Kentucky, arrested Danny Polak, 40, charging him with aggravated DUI, possession of an open container in a motor vehicle and being a fugitive from another state.

According to investigators, Polak, of Bowling Green, was leaving Mammoth Cave National Park Saturday when he failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a curve and guardrail.

Joy Barnes
Joy Barnes (Courtesy: Smokey Barn News)

A tip to investigators later revealed that Polak had felony warrants in Robertson County.

On Sept. 23, 2014, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Polak was driving the wrong way on I-65 when he slammed into a car driven by 68-year-old Joy Barnes.

Barnes, of Port Angeles, Washington, and her passenger, Catherine Baylis, 72, of Denver, had just landed at Nashville International Airport and were on their way to Barnes’ 50th high school reunion in Bowling Green.

Both were injured and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where Barnes died two days later.

Following the September crash, Polak was charged with DUI and failure to exercise due care. Additional charges are possible, but those other possible charges are in a sealed indictment with the Robertson County’s District Attorney’s office.

Polak is currently being held without bond on the felony warrants in the Hart County jail in Kentucky.

He will be extradited back to Robertson County at a later date.

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