Two area residents are charged with crimes related to accidents that reportedly happened while the drivers were intoxicated.

Jon Jacob Little, 30, of Birch Tree, is charged with fourth-degree assault, driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked/suspended (second or third offense), careless and imprudent driving involving an accident, failure to register a motor vehicle, failure to display current state license plates and failure to wear a seat belt. Each charge is a misdemeanor.

Sandra Hope Nash, 44, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was charged in Oregon County with driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident, driving while revoked/suspended and failure to register a motor vehicle.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. T. Young reported he responded to a single vehicle accident at about 6 a.m. Jan. 26 on Highway 17 south of Mtn. View and was advised by ambulance personnel Little was attempting to avoid arrest by leaving the scene. As the trooper approached him, Little lowered his head and began walking away.

Young said Little had his left hand in his pocket and failed to comply with orders to remove his hand from the pocket. When he finally complied, Young said Little attempted to strike the trooper with his right fist,

causing Little to lose his balance.

Young reported he guided Little to the ground and handcuffed him. The trooper said Little’s breath smelled strongly of alcohol, his speech was heavily slurred and mostly unintelligible and he had other signs of intoxication.

Little allegedly refused a breathalyzer test and Young said he was unable to conduct a field sobriety test because of the suspect’s apparently high level of intoxication.

Trooper J. Heimsoth reported he responded to a single-vehicle crash at about 9 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2018, on W Highway in Oregon County to find a Jeep upside down in a ditch with first responders working to extricate Nash from the vehicle.

Heimsoth said he placed Nash under arrest at the scene for driving while intoxicated due to evidence of drug intoxication.

Quill Staff Reporter

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