A 43-year-old Lonedell man was arrested after allegedly driving while intoxicated and crashing into another vehicle at Hardee’s in Union Friday, Oct. 20.
According to Union police, officers were called to the restaurant for a motor vehicle crash report. Police were told that one of the people involved in the crash might be intoxicated.
The Lonedell man struck another vehicle that was stopped in the drive-through lane while waiting in line.
Police said the man had watery, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, but he refused to perform a field sobriety test or provide a breath sample for a preliminary breath test.
The suspect was arrested and while officers were still on the scene, he became irate and started screaming and hitting the inside of the patrol vehicle, police said.
Inside the suspect’s truck, police found a semiautomatic handgun. The serial number on the weapon came back as stolen as reported by the Granite City, Ill., Police Department.
When police arrived at the station, the suspect had his eyes flushed out by Union EMS. Union Police obtained a warrant to obtain a blood sample. At the Franklin County Jail, the suspect began to resist and was placed on the ground by officers. He sustained an abrasion on his right eye and elbow, police said.
He was transported to Mercy Hospital Washington for treatment and the blood draw, as well as to be cleared for confinement.
The suspect was transported to the Franklin County Jail and released pending formal charges.