Sunday, June 23, 2019

Carthage man crashes into bridge, tells police he's "too drunk" to take field sobriety tests

A 1:30 p.m. July 1 arraignment is scheduled for a Carthage man who was arrested on a felony driving while intoxicated charge after slamming into a bridge on Central Avenue.

According to the probable cause statement, when Carthage Police arrived, multiple beer bottles were strewn along the roadway near the vehicle that had been driven by Stephan Winans, 32.

Winans was unable to stand without swaying or falling over. Winans' eyes were bloodshot and glossy Winans was so impaired that he was unable to perform standardized field sobriety tests. Winans stated he was "too drunk to do it."

The investigation determined Winans was traveling east on Central when he struck a traffic light pole, disabling his vehicle.

The probable cause statement indicates Winans' blood alcohol content registered at .282, more than three times the legal limit for intoxication.

Online court records show Winans was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2012 and is two years into a five-year probation after pleading guilty to a felony non-support charge in 2017.

Winans is free after posting $10,000 bond.

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