Driver charged after police find air duster at crash scene | Crime
A man accused of causing a three-car crash Wednesday night may be charged with driving while intoxicated after police say they found a can of air duster in his vehicle.
The crash happened just after 6 p.m. on Highland Drive near Rains.
Police say Joseph McPhail, 19, of Jonesboro was traveling westbound when his 2001 Nissan Maxima crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2005 Honda Civic driven by Bailey Sellinger, 20, of Bryant.
Both vehicles then collided with a 2012 Hyundai Tucson driven by Anthony Kaczmerek, 66, of Jonesboro.
Kaczmerek and his passenger, 66-year-old Judy Kaczmerek of Jonesboro, were taken to St. Bernards Regional Medical Center along with the other two drivers. The couple was treated and released.
Officer Blake Anderson, who was called to investigate the crash, said while he was searching for McPhail’s insurance information he found a can of air duster in the driver’s side floor board of McPhail’s car.
A witness said McPhail appeared to be “unconscious just before the accident,” Anderson reported.
While another officer completed the crash investigation, Anderson went to the hospital to question McPhail.
According to Anderson’s initial incident report, McPhail was unable to explain what had happened other than to say he “remembered being at his house.”
After being advised of his rights, McPhail consented to a blood and urine sample, the report stated. The samples will be sent to the crime lab for testing.
Anderson cited McPhail for careless and prohibited driving and stated in his report that McPhail faces an additional charge of driving while intoxicated based on the results of the lab tests.
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