The Manchester Fire Department and Ohio State Patrol responded to a motor vehicle accident involding a car parking in a creek bed 5:10 p.m.Thursday, May 22.
Margaret Thompson, 35, of West Union was driving a gray, 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier south-bound on state Route 41 on the north side of Bentonville, when she lost control of the vehicle in the curves due to unsafe speed. She drove off the right side of the road, through a fence into a pasture.
She proceeded to continue driving for a distance through the pasture alongside the road, heading in the opposite direction, before driving into the creek and becoming stuck. Thomspon was found wandering around the car with the trunk open. Eye witnesses said she claimed she was looking in her trunk to find the matierals to fix her flat tire, thinking that was the reason why her vehicle had stopped.
Trooper Baker noted her actions and performed a field sobriety test, which resulted in the trooper placing Thompson under arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. It was not released whether the OVI involved drugs or alcohol.
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