Driver Who Crashed Into Wills Creek, Arrested and Charged With DWI, LIVINGSTON, April 28, 2018 - The driver who was driving south on US-59 in the north-bound lanes of traffic for about two miles, and then crashed his pickup into Wills Creek was later charged with driving while intoxicated (pills). Emmitt Dalton, III, of Magnolia (originally reported to be from Arkansas) was placed under arrest by Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol and booked into Polk County Jail. When Dalton crashed, he was taken by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital where he was later released into the custody of Trooper Burman.
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Trooper Kevin Burman (left) looks down into Wills Creek where 56 year old Emmett Dalton, III, crashed his Dodge pickup.
Confused Driver Drives Wrong Way, Crashes Into Wills Creek, SEVEN OAKS, April 27, 2018 - At approximately 2:45 am on April 27, 2018, a black Dodge pickup, driven by Emmett Dalton, III, 56, of El Dorado, Arkansas, was south-bound on US-59 (in the north-bound lanes of traffic). According to witnesses, Dalton had been driving south in the north-bound lanes for about two miles. Dalton apparently became sleepy and drifted off the pavement (of the north-bound lanes) to his left. His vehicle impacted the end of the guard rail at Wills Creek. His pickup continued to the left and down towards the creek. His pickup rolled end over end one time, jumped the creek, spun around and came to rest facing north with the truck's front end nose down at the edge of the creek (Dalton was pulling a 20 foot trailer with a riding lawn mower). Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputies Jason Burleson, Austin McCracken, and William Land with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Dalton was able to crawl from his vehicle and back up to the road. He was transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed (but non-life-threatening) injuries. Dalton was cited for driving the wrong way on a one way road. Clifton Chevrolet out of Corrigan was summoned to clean up the mess.
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Dalton was traveling south-bound on 59 in the north-bound lanes of traffic. He apparently fell asleep and drifted off the pavement to his left and slammed into the end of the guard rail at Wills Creek.
Dalton was pulling a 20 foot trailer with a riding lawn mower.
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