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A Jackson, Mo., man avoided DWI charges recently by claiming he began drinking to keep warm while waiting for help after not before driving his vehicle into a culvert .
The Southeast Missourian reported that Thomas Drummond, who crashed his car Feb. 6, was found innocent of drunk driving charges after the jury deliberated for almost an hour last week.
"It was a really curious set of facts. Ones that you don’t come across every day," said Stephen Wilson, Drummond’s defense attorney.
Drummond reportedly testified that, after a night out with friends, he missed a turn on his way home, attempted to stop and skidded off the road in icy conditions. He maintained he was sober while he was driving, but that it took more than two hours for emergency crews to arrive.
"It was the day before the Super Bowl, and he had just done some shopping," Wilson told the newspaper. "It was 32 degrees or colder out and he had brandy in the car, so he kept warm."
Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper Jeff McCullough, a witness called by assistant prosecuting attorney Julia Koester, said fire and other emergency personnel arrived on the scene around 4 a.m. They found Drummond unresponsive and stuck in a deep culvert at the end of a private driveway. The engine was running and the transmission was in park.
McCullough told the court that he administered sobriety tests at the scene, although Drummond refused some of the tests. McCullough also said that just after 5 a.m., when Drummond submitted to a breath test, his blood alcohol content was 0.148.
If he had been found guilty, Drummond would have faced a sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000.
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