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Man arrested after being “too drunk”

By Greg Bird

A Burnside man was arrested Sunday after apparently being too drunk to know where he was driving.
Sheriff Randy Waters reports Tony Combs, 54, was arrested on charges of OUI, fleeing and evading, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment and other charges after he was reportedly driving erratically southbound on U.S. 27.
According to the arrest citation Deputy Alex Jones responded to the call about 5:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon after several callers notified 911 Dispatch that a vehicle was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed with no headlights and veering into oncoming traffic.
Just before the Deputy arrived on scene, callers informed Dispatch that the car had turned in to the parking lot of Rose’s Car Wash in Whitley City. A witness had tried to block the car from re-entering the highway, but as the officer approached with lights and sirens activated, the car drove on to the shoulder of the road and continued to travel southbound while in the northbound lane. After a short pursuit the car pulled over and Deputy Jones could note a strong smell of alcohol coming from the suspect. Combs reportedly told the deputy that he was too drunk, and didn’t know where he was. Combs refused to take a breathalyzer test, and also refused a blood draw when taken to the McCreary County EMS center.
Combs was taken in to custody and charged with OUI, fleeing/evading/resisting arrest, possession of an open container, wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct, careless driving, reckless driving, operating on a suspended license, no tail lamps and no seat belt.

He is being lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.

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