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Driver charged with DWI, brings traffic to a stop

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Photo by Jessica Goff
An afternoon drinking binge led to miles of backed-up traffic along U.S. Highway 62/412 July 10.

David Bell of Salem, who was found to be intoxicated, was responsible for causing a collision that brought many travelers to a stand still for over 30 minutes.

According to Arkansas State Trooper Daniel Busch, Bell, 35, was about one mile west of Ash Flat traveling west bound in a 2000 Ford Ranger when he crossed the center line into the path of a 2007 Freight Liner semi truck driven by Rick White, 49, of Memphis.

Bell hit White's vehicle, causing the semi truck to travel approximately 45 feet across the west bound lane of traffic before landing in the ditch on the northern side of the highway, Busch said.

Bell's vehicle traveled about 50 feet while rotating clockwise in the opposite direction and landed in the southern ditch, Busch said.

Bell was taken by ambulance to the Fulton County Hospital were he was treated then sent to White River Medical Center in Batesville. He has since been released.

Bell was charged with DWI, reckless driving, driving without a seat belt and possession of a controlled substance.

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