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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007

Oops! Alleged drunken driver mistakenly seeks help from off-duty officer

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — A stranded motorist who allegedly had been driving drunk made the mistake of seeking help from an Athens police sergeant Saturday morning.

According to Limestone County Sheriff’s Department reports, the motorist, Neil Keon Wills, 36, of 1009 Eighth Ave., Decatur, was driving about 15 mph on U.S. 31 in front of Calhoun Community College at 6:30 a.m.

Sgt. Jason White, who was off duty but working security for Calhoun, thought the driver was having vehicle trouble. The report stated that when the truck stopped, White went to assist. He was in an unmarked Calhoun patrol car.

Wills allegedly jumped into White’s passenger seat and then realized White was an officer. White reported he smelled alcohol on Wills.

“He told me he was on his way to work,” White wrote in the report.

White took Wills to the nearby Texaco station and told him to get out of the car and produce a driver license. Wills allegedly did not have one and said, “Good thing I was not driving.”

White told Wills he saw him driving and told him he was under arrest. Wills allegedly told White he was trying to get home and there was “nothing you can do about it.”

White said Wills was too belligerent to take a field sobriety test, so he ordered him back into the car. He called Athens police, who were en route to Calhoun for an inmate transfer with Decatur police.

As White drove to Calhoun, Wills allegedly jumped out of the moving car, which was not equipped with a cage. Wills allegedly ran into nearby woods.

Athens officers arrived and set up a perimeter, and White chased Wills toward them.

He was captured shortly after his escape.

Wills was being held in the Limestone County Jail on a partial bond of $1,500, charged with driving under the influence, driv-ing with a suspended license and third-degree escape. Bond was not set on the escape charge.

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