Man accused of fleeing deputy after crash

Timothy J. Williams was headed to his home on South Adams Street on Sunday night when he turned his car too quickly, he said in an interview with the Springfield News-Sun, slid across the road and hit a tree. A passenger in the car cut his head during the crash.

Because he wasn’t far from his destination, Williams said he decided to “go back to my house so I could figure everything out.”

A Clark County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol on South Adams Street reportedly heard the crash, and then saw the damaged car driving down the roadway. When the deputy activated his lights and sirens, Williams allegedly didn’t stop, instead turning down an alley between South Adams and South Scott streets, traveling another block at a speed of less than 10 mph before finally pulling over, Lt. Dustin White said.

“In a situation like that, they should obviously not try to flee the scene,” White said.

The passenger was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for his injuries. Williams was arrested and tested .09 on an alcohol breath test before he was booked into the Clark County Jail. He was charged with failure to comply with a police officer, underage drinking, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, hit-skip and failure to control, all misdemeanors.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Following his arraignment, Williams said he had been drinking and deserved to be charged with OVI but not for fleeing.

“It was a bad idea,” he said. “I’m very sorry for it. There was no intention to flee from an officer at all. I was merely trying to go to my house (to) stop and figure things out. I was panicked.”

Williams has no prior criminal or traffic offenses. He’s asked for a public defender. His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday.

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