Thursday’s ice and snow proved hazardous for some Warren County motorists with numerous accidents reported throughout the day.
While weather was to blame for many of those crashes, at least one was not the fault of Mother Nature.
At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, two vehicles collided on Manchester Highway in front of Morrison Exxon. Intoxication was allegedly the cause and a DUI arrest has been made.
Michael Lee Stubblefield, 64, of Morrison has been charged with DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth, and simple possession, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.
Both vehicles, a gray Ford F150 and a white Ford F250, were traveling outbound on Manchester Highway when the first entered the turning lane, attempted a left-hand turn, and was struck on its driver’s side door by the second pickup.
Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker relayed details about how the unusual collision occurred.
“Vehicle one, which was driven by Lee Baker, 52, was in the center turn lane and had started to make a left-hand turn into the Exxon station. The second vehicle, driven by Michael Lee Stubblefield, 64, attempted to go around Baker. Stubblefield entered the opposite lane of travel, the fast lane for inbound traffic, when he struck the driver’s side door of vehicle one,” said Walker.
Stubblefield’s white Ford F250 traveled off the roadway, down an embankment and became lodged in a ditch in front of Morrison Exxon.
Baker’s four-door F150 had one adult passenger, 47-year-old Lejuana Baker, and three juveniles in the backseat. They are Morrison residents.
No serious injuries were reported and all individuals involved declined transport to a medical facility.