BY KELLI PEACOCK DUNN
A crash in Liberty County Friday night landed a local man behind bars and blocked traffic following the spring jamboree between Blountstown and Bristol.
Jimmy Allen O’Bryan, 49, of Bristol, was charged with DUI, careless driving, and open container.
According to Trooper Jason King of the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred just after 9:30 p.m. on SR 20 about a half mile west of the traffic light at the intersection of CR 12. Tpr. King found a small white pickup in both the outside and inside east bound lanes blocking traffic. O’Bryan was still behind the wheel with an opened, spilled can of beer in the driver's floorboard. The driver, later identified as O’Bryan, stated, “Please, Trooper King, you know me, please don't do this to me, I am sorry, I only drank a little.”
Tpr. King informed the driver he was still conducting his crash investigation, to relax and allow EMS to check him out.
The report indicates O’Bryan was attempting to negotiate a slight uphill curve when he failed to maintain control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail. The truck rotated clockwise, landing across both lanes.
O’Bryan refused medical treatment and, once Tpr. King completed the crash investigation, he switched gears to a criminal investigation for DUI. Tpr. King noted in his report he could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from O’Bryan’s mouth and face area as he spoke. He also noticed his eyes to be very bloodshot and his speech was slurred.
After failing a field sobriety test, O’Bryan was booked into the Liberty County Jail.