Johnathan Steve Blanchard of Livingston wrecked his 1999 Ford F-150 near the Cedar Point Subdivision.
Driver Charged With Felony DWI, Possession of Marijuana, Evasion, ONALASKA, May 5, 2012 - Shortly after 10 pm on May 4, 2012, a red 1999 Ford F-150 driven by Johnathan Steve Blanchard, 36, of Livingston was west-bound on US-190 West and left the road to the left and slid into some trees near the subdivision of Cedar Point. Sergeant Christian Schanmier with the Polk County Sheriff's Office came upon the scene and observed Blanchard fleeing the scene of the accident. Schanmier gave chase and Blanchard ran into the Cedar Point Subdivision. By now Trooper David Flowers with the Texas Highway Patrol joined in the search for Blanchard. Flowers came upon Blanchard and ordered Blanchard to stop and that if Blanchard refused, he would be tased. Blanchard opted to take his chances and disobeyed Flowers' lawful order and Flowers tased him with his taser gun. The taser gun halted the defiant (and belligerent) Blanchard. Flowers put the cuffs on Blanchard. Blanchard was brought back to the scene of the wreck and was examined by EMS personnel from Americare Ambulance Service. As medical personnel were tending to Blanchard, Trooper Flowers pulled a bag of marijuana out of Blanchard's pocket. Additionally, Blanchard wreaked of alcohol. Blanchard cussed out PolkCountyToday.com Editor, Willie Openshaw (for taking his picture). Johnathan Blanchard was placed under arrest and charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, evasion and no driver's license. Blanchard was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital for a mandatory blood withdrawal since this is his 3rd DWI. Blanchard has been charged a total of five times for DWI, but only 2 led to convictions. Blanchard's vehicle was recovered by George White & Sons Wrecker Service and will be stored in Onalaska.
As medical personnel from Americare Ambulance Service checked out Blanchard, he was simultaneously searched by Trooper David Flowers and Sergeant Christian Schanmier.
Trooper Flowers (center) pulled a bag of marijuana out of Blanchard's pocket.
Blanchard smealled of alcohol and his truck had beer inside.
Blanchard's truck was recovered by George White & Sons Wrecker Service and will be stored in Onalaska.
After a mandatory blood withdrawal, Blanchard was escorted by Billy Rollins (hospital security), Sergeant Christian Schanmier, and Trooper David Flowers. Blanchard cussed Polk CountyToday.com Editor Willie Openshaw up one side and down the other.
Blanchard was all smiles as he hurled one cuss word after another at Openshaw.
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