Under the influence of alcohol, Jimmy D. Wood, 50, caused a vehicular accident at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Thompsonville Lane.

Michael Ferrell, Oak Grove Police Department patrol officer said officers were dispatched to the scene at Wilson's Curve.

Two units were involved in the accident. The red vehicle, which was operated by Wood, was traveling eastbound on the road, going away from Wal-Mart, Ferrell said. The white vehicle was traveling westbound toward Wal-Mart.

"The red vehicle merged into the opposing lane … he was completely in the other lane," Ferrell said.

The red vehicle side-swiped the white vehicle and spun them into the grass of someone's property, Ferrell said.

Ferrell, who was at the scene, said these details were gathered through statements collected by witnesses.

"Wood was extremely intoxicated. We could smell it coming from his person," Ferrell said. "Wood also was given a field sobriety test that he performed very poorly."

According to the citation, Woods also had "slurred speech" and "had to be assisted when walking."

"There were also open alcohol bottles inside the vehicle," Ferrell said.

Wood complained of having injuries, so EMS was called. However, he refused medical treatment from EMS, Ferrell said. The people in the white vehicle did not suffer any injuries.

Wood was then arrested and transported to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for medical clearance.

A blood test was performed instead of a breathalyzer test, because Wood was transported to JSMC. The blood test has been sent to the lab, but OGPD has not seen the results yet, Ferrell said.

Lieutenant Rick McCormack, OGPD, said officers on all shifts are on the lookout for drunk drivers.

"When officers are doing their normal traffic stops and when they are on patrol, they are always looking for drunk drivers," McCormack said.

Officers also are looking for those who drive recklessly in any capacity, McCormack said.

"Drunk drivers are a huge concern," Ferrell said. "It doesn't matter if it's day or night, if a driver swerves more than once, I'm going to pull them over because I don't want to risk the chance of someone hurting themselves, but also putting others in danger."

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