A local man faces drunk driving charges after he pulled into the path of another vehicle New Year’s night in front of Country Club Market.
The man, James T. Bryan, 20, was taken into custody on the charge of suspicion of underage DWI following the early Tuesday night crash on Highway 55.
The other driver, Anthony Myers, 43, was taken to River Park Hospital by the Warren County Emergency Ambulance Service where he was treated and released for non-lifethreatening injuries. Bryan and his 16-year-old passenger escaped injury.
According to Highway Patrolman Rodney Whiles, the accident happened near the intersection of Manchester Highway and Bridgestone Drive close to Country Club Market. The trooper said Bryan had been at the car wash located behind the store washing his truck and four-wheeler when he pulled from the parking lot onto the highway.
“He was pulling out of the car wash parking lot and was making a left turn to go west on the highway,” said Whiles, noting his turn put him squarely in the path of the oncoming 1985 Silverado pickup driven by Myers. “Mr. Myers saw him pulling out and swerved trying to avoid him.”
Myers was unable to avoid slamming into the 2001 Ford F-150 that was towing a trailer with his four-wheeler, impacting with the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Bryan was given a field sobriety test at the scene while Myers was being taken to the hospital. Whiles pointed out since Bryan is under the legal age to consume alcohol, the required blood-alcohol content for him to be charged with underage DWI is lower than a person of legal age.
Those under 21 can be charged with driving while impaired if they register a .02 as opposed to a .08 for those 21 and over. While blood-alcohol content varies from person to person, a single beer could put some underage persons at risk of hitting the .02 mark.