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Drunk driving arrest may lead to more charges

Friday, November 12, 2010

Michael Thompson
A Clay County man faces allegations of drunk driving after a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning.

According to Clay County Sheriff's Department officials, around 4:20 a.m., Thursday, emergency response personnel removed Michael Thompson, 19, Brazil/Harmony, from a vehicle lying on its side in a ditch located between State Road 59 and County Road 200 West on CR 1200 North.

Apparently, Thompson, who allegedly field-tested above the legal blood alcohol content (BAC), lost control of the vehicle, struck and damaged the guardrail before it landed in the ditch.

Although both AirEvac and LifeLine were initially dispatched to the scene, once medical personnel checked Thompson, they were both later disregarded.

However, Thompson was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for a routine medical checkup and further BAC testing. Official test results are pending, but officials confirmed to The Brazil Times the suspect tested approximately three times the legal BAC limit (for an adult) of .08.

Meanwhile, The Brazil Times learned the vehicle Thompson was driving was apparently reported stolen in Putnam County. Further information was unavailable at press time regarding the incident due to the pending investigation.

Responding agencies also included TransCare, Dick Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County Search and Rescue.

Once medically cleared, Thompson was transported to the Clay County Justice Center and preliminarily booked on operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle while intoxicated refusal and minor consuming.

Although the case is still under investigation, a preliminary case file has been turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for formal review and more charges to be potentially filed in the matter.

According to jail officials Friday, Thompson remained incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond, with no 10 percent allowed, while awaiting formal court proceedings.

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-- Posted by kd323 on Sat, Nov 13, 2010, at 5:05 PM

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