DWI arrest in 4-vehicle crash Friday at 28/EE

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 10/30/19

Bland motorist arrested Friday evening on two outstanding warrant was also cited with the allegation of driving while intoxicated following a four-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on Highway 28 at the …

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DWI arrest in 4-vehicle crash Friday at 28/EE

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Bland motorist arrested Friday evening on two outstanding warrant was also cited with the allegation of driving while intoxicated following a four-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on Highway 28 at the South Seventh Street (Route EE) intersection.

Scotty Joe Vowells, 42, was issued a summons to appear in Gasconade County Associate Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 on the DWI charge. Owensville police seized his driver’s license and issued a notice of suspension, according to the report from patrolman Joshua D. Smith.

Smith and patrolman Bryan Stephen responded to the incident reported at 5:14 p.m. Oct. 25 and learned Vowells was travelling west on Highway 28 approaching South Seventh in a 2010 Hyundai SUV He told police he was following too closely, and was looking down and not paying attention when he struck a 2012 Ford Escape Medley Pharmacy delivery vehicle driven by Cheryl L. McQueen, 62, of Owensville.

McQueen and two other motorists in front of her were stopped, or were stopping, as a vehicle was turning left onto South Seventh off of 28.

McQueen’s vehicle was pushed into a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Brenda Lee Baker, 40, of Owensville, which was pushed into a 2014 Dodge Caravan driven by Johnie Duane Copeland, 48, of Rosebud. None of the motorists reported injuries requiring ambulance transport for treatment.

Vowells had two active arrest warrants out against him, according to the Owensville police report. He was wanted on warrants out of Cole County and Jefferson City.

Police found empty and full cans of alcoholic beverages on the passenger side floorboard of the vehicle Vowells was driving. He denied drinking but the police report noted the patrolman could smell alcohol on his breath as he was being attended to in the ambulance.

Vowells reportedly blew over the legal limit of .08 on a breath alcohol test administered at the police station. Vowells was transported by Stephen to the Maries County Jail on the outstanding warrants issued out of Cole and Jefferson City.

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