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Criminal charges remain against driver found unconscious - Dothan Eagle: News

Criminal charges remain against driver found unconscious

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Posted: Friday, November 9, 2007 5:37 am

OZARK - A driver apparently suffering from a diabetic episode, which was mistaken for intoxication, had some of the charges against him dropped, but none of them were the legal ones.

Ozark Deputy Police Chief Myron Williams said it was the towing charges on 54-year-old James Bludsworth’s Nissan truck that were dropped on Tuesday after Bludsworth was booked into the Dale County Jail, not the charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Williams said his initial interview with officers led him to believe the DUI and resisting arrest charges were those that were dropped, but that the charges will not be dismissed until after the arresting officer recommends such to the court system during Bludsworth’s court date in December.

Bludsworth was released from jail on Tuesday after posting a $1,000 signature bond and blowing a .00 on a breathalyzer.

Bludsworth had been arrested and a Taser was used on him by Ozark police officers for non-compliance after Bludsworth refused to get out of his vehicle around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Bludsworth had been reported slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle at the side of the Highway 231 and Marley Mill Road intersection.

Williams said at least three officers responded to the scene. He defended the department’s decision not to discipline any of the officers involved based on video and audio evidence of the incident.

“The officers were looking for a medical alert bracelet that would signify some medical condition, and he didn’t have one... The officer asked (Bludsworth) how much had he been drinking and he said ‘a whole lot,’” Williams said.

“The officer also asked him did he need an ambulance and he said ‘no.’”

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