Accident on US-146, Driver Arrested for DWI, Livingston, October 16, 2010 - At approximately 4:25 pm on October 15, 2010, a green 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Jerry Burns, 53, of Rye, was north-bound on US-146 near the Escapees RV Club when he nearly experienced a head on collision when a Maroon Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by Phillip Holmes, 29, of Livingston drifted into Burns' lane. A glancing blow occurred causing Burns' vehicle to roll and come to rest upright in the grass on the west side of 146, while Holmes' vehicle came to rest on the shoulder of the west side. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and Corporal Sam Lattner with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately all vehicle occupants were physically okay and refused medical treatment. Corporal Lattner suspected that Phillip Holmes was intoxicated and performed a field sobriety test on Holmes. According to Lattner, Holmes had extreme difficulty performing any of the required tasks for completing a field sobriety test. Lattner placed Holmes under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated and found prescription pain pills in Holmes' possession. Holmes was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. Traffic was not blocked during investigation and cleanup. Both parties had insurance. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered both vehicles and they will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. The scene was cleared shortly before 6 pm.
Special thank you: Assistant Editor, Willie A. Openshaw
Jerry Burns' 1999 Ford Explorer rolled and came to rest upright near Escapees Care Center on US-146.
The interior of Burns' vehicle was a mess after being rolled.
Phillip Holmes' 2005 Dodge sustained moderat front end damage.
Corporal Sam Lattner checks out 29 year old Phillip Holmes of Livingston.
Lattner detected that Holmes was intoxicated.
Holmes was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Holmes was believed to be on pills.
This dog was riding in Burns' vehicle and was unharmed, in spite of the vehicle being rolled.
Phillip Holmes sits passed out in a Trooper's car.
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