Caruthersville, Mo., woman badly injured when hit by reported drunken driver

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A woman is in serious condition after being hit by a man accused of drunken driving Saturday.

At 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Caruthersville police responded to a report of a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. According to a news release from the Caruthersville Police Department, at the scene they found Krissie Payne, 40, of Caruthersville lying in the street unresponsive.

Payne was airlifted to the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis, Tenn., for treatment of her injuries.

Officers subsequently arrested William "Joey" Watkins, 34, of Caruthersville.

Watkins was taken to the Pemiscot County Justice Center where he was charged with second-degree assault and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in an injury. Early Monday he was being held without bond.

The investigation was turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control, the police department reported.

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