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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by scotty Location: ozark on Nov 9, 2007 at 04:25 PM
    How would that same situation have been handled 20 or 30 years ago? Ozarks' finest are on power trips. That is how innocent people are hurt by the police with tazers, guns,batons. The first time he was tazed he was still in his vehicle! What danger was he to anyone at that point, especially since the officer had turned off his motor? What reason did they give for using such force on someone who was obviously not going to hurt anyone since he couldn't even hold his head up and was slumped over the wheel!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2007 at 09:26 AM
    police are so quick to use the TASER before they even think of a medical problem. any diabectic that has a low blood sugar will come up combative .YOU ACT WAY TO QUICK WITH THAT NEW TOY...
  • by John Andrews Location: Enterprise AL on Nov 9, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    if proven to be excessive force these individuals should be arrested and charged with assault and if found guilty put in jail....they should answer to the same crimes as we do
  • by William Location: Ozark on Nov 9, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    In 2001 my brother was coming back from chemo therapy @ Flowers Hospital and became sick. After stoping to throw up, a Ozark policeman arrested him for DUI. The charges were later reduced. Ozark need to be held accountable for their Police actions.
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