The charges stem from a two-vehicle crash on June 20 that killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child and seriously injured her husband.
KSP trooper Bryan Johnson obtained three warrants Monday from Harlan County Attorney Fred Busroe after he received toxicology reports from the crime lab for George Clem, 41. The warrants were signed by Harlan Circuit Court Judge Russell Alred, who set Clem’s bond at $11 million.
Johnson and trooper Jared Boggs arrested Clem at his residence in Elcomb around noon on charges of wanton murder, first-degree fetal homicide and first-degree assault.
Johnson said the lab results he received indicated high levels of intoxicants in Clem’s system at the time of the crash.
The two-vehicle crash occurred on KY 72 at Elcomb. Johnson said Elizabeth Stewart, 21, and her husband, Darryl Stewart, 23, of Elcomb, were traveling east on KY 72 in a 2007 Saturn. Clem, also of Elcomb, was traveling west on KY 72 in a 1994 Ford Explorer when he crossed the center line and struck the Saturn head-on.
Elizabeth Stewart was six months pregnant. She was a graduate of James A. Cawood High School and she had just received her associate degree at Southeast Community College and Technical School and was working to become a lab technician.
Elizabeth Stewart and her unborn son, Jayden James Stewart, were buried June 25. Her husband was still in the hospital being treated for injuries and could not attend their funeral.
Darryl Stewart had to be extricated from the wreckage by the Harlan County Rescue Squad.
“I underwent two surgeries — hip surgery and on my wrist. I also sustained nerve damage to my leg. I want him to pay for what he’s done. He took my life away, pretty much,” Stewart said. “We had just gotten married in April, and he took away my future that I had planned. My wife and unborn child were my future.”
Darryl works at Harlan ARH Hospital as a transcriptionist. He said it will be at least three months before he can return to work.
Johnson said a criminal history check shows that Clem has been charged with multiple DUI offenses over the years.
Clem is currently lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Harlan District Court today.