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Bend man critically injured in wreck

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Staff Writer

A Horseshoe Bend man is in critical condition after wrecking a vehicle in Horseshoe Bend.

Johnny Schales, 19, received serious internal injuries and injuries to his head after he was thrown from the 1993 Chevrolet Blazer he was driving north on Highway 289 around 10 p.m. Dec. 3.

Horseshoe Bend Chief of Police Fred Mitchell said Schales was transported from the scene by helicopter to St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

According to officials at the St. John's, Schales was still in intensive care as of press time.

Horseshoe Bend officer Mark Long said prior to the accident he had received a report that a man and woman had been arguing next to a Chevrolet Blazer parked on the side of the road.

Long, who was the first officer at the scene, said the vehicle skidded 269 feet before coming to a rest against an embankment.

"He was going pretty fast," Long said.

A Glencoe woman who stopped at the accident scene was arrested after officers became suspicious that she was intoxicated. The woman was transported to the Horseshoe Bend city jail after she refused to take a breathalyzer test.

A male passenger in her vehicle, Billy Jo Hines of Jonesboro, was also taken into custody. Mitchell said Fulton County had issued three failure to appear warrants for Hines' arrest.

The warrants stem from multiple traffic violations.

The woman's bond was set at $250. She was released the next morning.

Hines, whose bond was set at $1,055, posted bond the next morning as well.

Long said weather conditions were clear at the time of the accident. Officers are continuing to investigate the cause of the wreck, he said.

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