Al­leged drunken driver charged in in­jury wreck

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - STEVEN MROSS

A Hot Springs man was ar­rested on a felony bat­tery charge af­ter he al­legedly se­ri­ously in­jured an­other mo­torist while driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Codie Reed Alexan­der, 24, who lists a Car­pen­ter Dam Road ad­dress, was taken into cus­tody shortly af­ter 7:30 a.m. and charged with a felony count of sec­ond-de­gree bat­tery, pun­ish­able by up to six years in prison, and a mis­de­meanor count of DWI, first of­fense.

Alexan­der, who was also cited for driv­ing with no or ex­pired reg­is­tra­tion, no li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance, fail­ure to main­tain con­trol and driv­ing too fast for con­di­tions, was later re­leased on $3,500 bond and is set to ap­pear Nov. 20 in Gar­land County Dis­trict Court.

Ac­cord­ing to the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit, shortly af­ter 7 a.m., Hot Springs po­lice Of­fi­cer Robert Plyler re­sponded to a two-ve­hi­cle wreck at the in­ter­sec­tion of Car­pen­ter

Dam and Shady

Grove roads and upon ar­rival made con­tact with one driver, iden­ti­fied as Alexan­der.

The other driver, a fe­male,

19, was be­ing treated for se­ri­ous in­juries and un­able to speak at that time. While talk­ing to Alexan­der, Plyler said he noted an odor of in­tox­i­cants on his breath and that he had slurred speech, blood­shot eyes and was “slightly un­sta­ble” on his feet.

Alexan­der re­port­edly said he had stopped drink­ing around

8 or 9 p.m. Tues­day. He was given a por­ta­ble breath­a­lyzer test which reg­is­tered his blood al­co­hol con­tent at 0.15 per­cent,

al­most twice the le­gal limit. He sub­mit­ted to three field so­bri­ety tests at the scene and re­port­edly failed all three.

Alexan­der was taken into cus­tody at that point and trans­ported to the Gar­land County De­ten­tion Cen­ter where he was mon­i­tored for the re­quired 20 min­utes be­fore a sec­ond breath­a­lyzer test was con­ducted.

Alexan­der al­legedly pro­vided a sam­ple at that point which reg­is­tered 0.186 per­cent, over twice the le­gal limit.

The af­fi­davit notes the fe­male driver was trans­ported to Na­tional Park Med­i­cal Cen­ter where she was treated for a bro­ken arm, bro­ken or dis­lo­cated col­lar­bone, pos­si­ble fa­cial frac­tures and mul­ti­ple lac­er­a­tions.


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