Keith Johnson's 2007 GMC Sierra sits in the median between the north and south bound lanes of US-59 south of Goodrich.
Intoxicated Driver Takes Out Guard Rail, GOODRICH, September 25, 2011 - Shortly before midnight on September 24, 2011, a call came in to the Polk County Sheriff's Office to report an accident on US-59 near the county line just south of Goodrich. According to the witness (an 18 wheeler driver), the truck, a silver 2007 GMC Sierra driven by Keith Johnson, 33, of Livingston, was badly weaving from side to side of the road in the north-bound lanes of 59. Johnson eventually slammed into a guard rail on the left side of the road. Johnson's truck continued into the grassy median where his truck finally came to a stop. The witness stated that Johnson and a passenger emerged from the truck with beer and threw it into a creek that goes under the road. Sergeant Christian Schanmier and Deputy Monty Lee were dispatched to the scene along with Troopers David Morris and Kevin Burman. Trooper Burman and Deputies went under the bridge and found where the beer had been thrown and retrieved beer. Johnson admitted that the beer was his. Trooper Morris drove Johnson to the parking lot of the US Post Office in Goodrich to administer a field sobriety test. After the test, Trooper Morris placed Johnson under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the accident. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Johnson's vehicle and it will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop in Livingston. The scene was cleared by 1:15 am.
Keith Johnson's pickup careened into the end of the guardrail causing damage to the guardrail.
Trooper Kevin Burman retrieved the beer that Johnson tried to get rid of prior the Trooper's arrival (also pictured Deputy Monty Lee and Sergeant Christian Schanmier).
When Burman questioned Keith Johnson about the beer, Johnson admitted what he'd done.
After performing poorly on a field sobriety test, Johnson was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (Trooper David Morris pictured).
Trooper Kevin Burman inventories the beer that Johnson initially threw out.
During the collision, both of Johnson's airbags deployed.
Johnson's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing.
Houdini couldn't believe his eyes.
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