Crash yields DUI charge
Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:54 pm
The Messenger, January 11, 2012
A Union City man was charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer rig during rain Tuesday night near Walmart Supercenter in Union City.
Joseph Howard Kizer, 41, of 1419 Forest Drive, Union City, was arrested at 10:14 p.m. on charges of first offense DUI and violation of implied consent, according to a Union City Police Department report.
Police had responded about 9:40 p.m. to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Stad Avenue and West Reelfoot Avenue. The investigating officer reported he made contact with Kizer, the driver of one of the vehicles, and alleged he had a strong odor of intoxicants about him, was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech.
The officer alleged Kizer failed to do field sobriety tests correctly, according to the report, and was advised of the implied consent law and refused to give a sample. Kizer was transported to the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex and charged with the two offenses.
The accident report was still pending at press time today, but the investigating officer indicated Kizer’s pickup truck slid into the back of a semi which was stopped at the intersection. No injuries were reported, but there was extensive damage to Kizer’s vehicle.