According to a preliminary case report at the Brazil City Police Department, shortly after 7 p.m., Thursday, witnesses told Patrolman Jeff Bucklin II the driver of a pickup truck allegedly left the roadway while trying to pass a vehicle and hit a utility pole near the intersection of south State Road 59 and White rock Road.
Providing assistance at the accident scene were members of the BCPD, Brazil City Fire Department, Clay County Sheriff's Department deputies and one of their K-9 units and Duke Energy.
After the accident, the man, who witnesses to reported authorities was wearing a dark jacket and stocking cap, left the scene and ran away toward the Brazil National Guard Armory and the Craig Avenue subdivision area.
Bucklin, along with CCSD K-9 Handler/Sgt. Josh Clarke and K-9 Officer Forrest, quickly caught up with the suspect, who was also being chased by a witness to the accident.
When cornered, Police Chief Dave Archer said officers reported that Jason R. Litz, 31, had a "strong smell of alcohol coming from his person" and "presented a fighting stance" before he resisted arrest during a brief struggle.
Once in custody, the officers performed a preliminary "pat down" and discovered Litz was in possession of several alleged marijuana cigarettes hidden inside a regular pack of cigarettes in his coat pocket.
He also allegedly admitted to officers that he drank an undetermined amount of alcohol.
The officers helped Litz walk back to the scene of the accident, which caused a brief power outage in the southwestern part of Clay County.
According to Rick Burger, spokesperson for Duke Energy, approximately 1,517 customers in the area temporarily lost power due to the power lines being damaged in the accident.
Although repair linemen for the company are spread thin throughout the area and in other states working to get the power back into areas affected by the recent winter storm, Burger said there are always repairmen left in the area to help local customers when incidents like this happen.
Transported to the Clay County Justice Center, Litz refused to submit to chemical testing during the booking process. He was booked on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated/refusal, possession of marijuana/under 30 grams and resisting law enforcement.
Booked in with an initial $7,000 cash bond, jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Friday that Litz remains incarcerated awaiting formal arraignment proceedings per the court calendar.