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Man claims he was trying to find the BB shooter

Thursday, April 2, 2009

OREGON COUNTY -- An Alton man, Bobby H. Johnson, is in the Thayer Jail because the Oregon County Jail at Alton is full.

Johnson is facing several charges including careless driving, driving while revoked, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated.

A probable cause statement from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorneys Office said, while officer Sam Barton was patrolling the city of Alton the night of March 24, he received information there was a wreck on the square at Alton.

The dispatcher told Barton someone had hit a light pole in front of Young's Produce and advised him the vehicle traveled south on Market Street off the square.

Officer Barton met Deputy Eddie Johnson on Andrews Street and they began looking for the vehicle.

The dispatcher radioed again and said the same vehicle had wrecked on Hall Street near Crider Bookkeeping and the driver of the vehicle was walking away on foot.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they saw a blue car that had severe damage to the front end. The driver's side tire was completely gone from the previous accident and there was a mark on the pavement that could be followed all the way back to the square where the pole was struck.

There was no one around the vehicle when the officers arrived at the scene. They began looking through the vehicle. At that time, a man walked up to Deputy Johnson's vehicle near where he was standing. He was identified as Bobby Johnson.

Johnson stated that he had been at April Reynolds' house and he stepped outside and heard someone shooting a BB gun at him. He said he got in April's car and tried to follow who was shooting the gun at him.

Barton stated there was a strong smell of intoxicants coming from Johnson. By that time, Alton Chief of Police Rusty Warren had arrived on the scene and Johnson admitted to all three officers that he had been drinking.

Barton was taken to the sheriffs office for questioning. He failed three field sobriety tests. He was then taken to the Thayer Police Department to be tested on the DataMaster. He failed the DataMaster as well with alcohol content level of .126 percent. He was then given the opportunity to fill out a statement on the driver of the truck that was supposed to be shooting at him.

Johnson was given a court date of April 22.

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