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Hitting police car lands man in jail

Monday, December 20, 2010

Stephen R. Slack
A Brazil man was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly being caught doing donuts in a parking lot and striking a police cruiser during a police pursuit.

According to information provided by Brazil City Police Department, the incident happened around 12:30 a.m., Saturday.

With lights and sirens activated on the patrol cruiser, Sgt. Dennis Archer and Patrolman Clint McQueen were on their way to provide assistance to the Clay County Sheriff's Department when they witnessed a white pick up truck "doing donuts" in the parking lot of the Kennedy's Crossing Bingo Hall near the intersection of County Road 900 North and Kennedy's Crossing.

As the truck exited the parking lot, Archer said he had to take evasive action to get out of the way of a head-on collision, which forced him off the roadway.

The pick up truck struck the police cruiser's mirror on the driver side before it continued northbound on Kennedy's Crossing.

Archer turned around to pursue the vehicle, which allegedly sped up and disregarded a stop sign at CR 950 N to get away until the driver lost control of the vehicle at CR 975 N. The vehicle spun around several times, went into a field and then struck a utility pole before returning to the road and stopping in the middle of downed power lines.

Although the two officers told Stephen R. Slack Jr., 39, Brazil, to not to get out of the vehicle due to the power lines, he got out anyway.

Officials said Slack was apparently unable to stand, walk or talk coherently, who, after being taken into custody, allegedly vomited and passed out in the patrol car.

According to officials, an unidentified female passenger stayed inside the wrecked truck for approximately 30 minutes until Duke Energy was able to arrive on the scene and safely secure the power lines.

She was treated for minor injuries by TransCare personnel and later released.

Slack was also treated for minor facial injuries at the scene, but he refused to be transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for further treatment.

Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce confirmed to The Brazil Times that Slack was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center for booking. Slack was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, habitual traffic violator, criminal recklessness, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. Pierce confirmed citations for driving left of center and disregarding a stop sign were also written for Slack's involvement in the incident.

Jail officials confirmed Slack remains incarcerated on a $10,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) to await further court proceedings.

The minor damage to the patrol car, according to Pierce, if repaired would be less then the current $1,000 deductible on the insurance. However, Pierce said it was a possibility that Slack's insurance company would be contacted regarding the liability.

Meanwhile, Pierce said a second police cruiser was also recently damaged.

While traveling to work Monday morning, Sgt. Dave Archer's police cruiser was struck by a deer attempting to cross the roadway.

The deer struck the rear left panel of the cruiser, but Pierce said the vehicle could still be used.

"It's out on patrol today," Pierce said about the damaged cruiser. "It's just one of those weird things."

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Bet that's gonna hurt when he sobers up. What an idiot!

-- Posted by th1953 on Mon, Dec 20, 2010, at 8:47 PM

Shouldn't 39-year-olds know better? What an idiot.

-- Posted by Bruther on Mon, Dec 20, 2010, at 10:53 PM

I don't think he's gonna get a 2nd date with the female passenger...lol.

-- Posted by IndiMa06 on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 12:15 AM

It's getting to the point where automobiles should be designed with a separate driver's cockpit that has a sensor to detect alcohol and when it is detected the vehicle is disabled. Nah, just lock the idiots up because they obviously do not think before they drink and cannot remember that little saying that has been repeated so many times, "DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!"

Thank God no one was hurt.

What's with the deer? Is there some loco weed around? This is the fourth incident I've heard of in the last week, albeit in three different states, where a deer has hit a vehicle! Are the deer now intent on committing suicide?

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 1:01 AM

"I don't think he's gonna get a 2nd date with the female passenger...lol.

-- Posted by IndiMa06 on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 12:15 AM"

I don't see why not. Just because they got in a little wreck, doesn't mean that they're not cousins, anymore.

-- Posted by JRS5963 on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 1:27 AM

Just another case of someone being behind the wheel that is endangering the lives of anyone who may happen to be in his drunken path.

What if the cops hadn't seen him? What if when he got done doing donuts in the parking lot, he gets back on the road and kills someone?

Make a stand Prosecutor Reberger.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 7:52 AM

Sounds like greater trajedy was potentially avoided here by this arrest. Just a question, how fast was the police cruiser traveling when he had to take to the ditch but still had its mirror torn off by this guys truck? 25? 40? I appreciate so much the efforts of these guys, but they put the public in danger when they drive as fast as they sometimes do. I've seen them doing at least 90+ in the 45 mph zone on HWY 40. A fully sober person would have a hard time judging oncoming traffic that is doing double the speed limit. Ten years on a volunteer fire dept - you are not helping anyone if you cause an incident while responding to an incident. Just a thought.

-- Posted by brazilian on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 8:15 AM

"Slack was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, habitual traffic violator, criminal recklessness, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage."

Pretty obvious this guy has blatant disregard for his own safety, his passenger or anyone else on the road. Revoke his driver's licence and make it impossible for him to OWN a vehicle. We can take up a collection to buy him a pretty pink bike with tassles on the handle bars and training wheels. Oh, and a nice basket on front for his 'date'.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 11:06 AM

While the statement "Slack was apparently unable to stand, walk or talk coherently, who, after being taken into custody, allegedly vomited and passed out in the patrol car." the article never said he was charged with drunk driving nor stated his BAC. While these are signs of being drunk, a diabetic skipping an insulin injection (or two) will have the similar side effects. I know, I am a diabetic. Later it might be reported that alcohol was involved, but for now all we have is what is in the article. A case of jumping to conclusions without the facts people.

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 11:52 AM

Wow...he has insurance?

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 11:53 AM

This proves that addiction hits all types of families. His dad was Steve Slack of Lawson-Slack and his grandfather was Phil Slack, Jr.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 3:51 PM

Bzlobserver: Maybe he is diabetic. That's explains doing "donuts". He needed the sugar!

yngpupgtrytm: I didn't say he deserved special treatment. I was talking about how addiction can include any family or social network.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 4:50 PM

Ok people I have read this article 5 times, I dont see anywhere stating drinking could be a factor. I'am very close to Stephen and he is not a drinker nor does he have any type of addiction. Maybe you think that he could of got a concussion?? As a med student for 3 years, he had all the symptoms of a concussion. Also for the statement about diabetes, I have told him many of times to get tested for diabetes. Stephen has a very big heart and would help anyone out. He would not harm anyone. What he did is wrong in every way I agree. This is not Slack at all!!!! Something went wrong somewhere. I will be praying for him.

-- Posted by smalltowngirlwhitegirl on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 9:13 PM


Obviously this is not his first time or he would not be a Habitual Traffic Violator. If I an correct, years ago I worked at the jail and his mother used to bring commissary money in for him to the jail.

That being said, who is parents are or were should not even have been mentioned in this in anyway. The man is 39 years old and nothing he does at this age should have any reflection on his family name.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 10:44 PM

1. What 39yo still feels the need to do donuts in a parking lot? Time to grow up, son.

2. If he had a concussion it probably happened when he hit the utility pole.

3. Diabetes is a possibility, then so is any other medical condition left out of the article.

4. Comments made are regarding the incident as indicated, not what kind of person his is or isn't at home or around those who know him.

5. Agree that the "family name" doesn't matter but the "habitual traffic violator" should. He's a grown man who needs to be held accountable for his actions.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Dec 22, 2010, at 11:40 AM

Give him a month and he will be driving again, but this time it will be a lawn mower without a deck on it.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Mon, Dec 27, 2010, at 12:17 PM

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