Unconscious Driver Charged with DUI Released from Jail

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - An Ozark man charged with driving under influence and resisting arrest is believed to have gone into a diabetic coma or seizure at the time police arrested him.

Ozark Police Chief Myron Williams said James Bludsworth was released from the Dale County Jail on $1,000 bond Tuesday and will
have to go to court before the charges are dropped.

An officer found the 54-year-old man slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of Highway 231 and Marley Mill Road Tuesday afternoon.

Williams said Bludsworth became violent when the officer asked him to get out of the car and a Taser was used to get him to comply.

Police said Bludsworth blew a .00 on a breathalyzer when he was released, but the test would not have determined if he was under the influence of drugs.

Williams said no disciplinary action is pending against the arresting officer.

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