Man facing fifth alcohol-related offense

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Warrensburg, Mo., driver already had at least four alcohol-related offenses when he was involved in an early morning wreck on a Cape Girardeau County road Wednesday about a mile north of Jackson.

Darren G. Pope, 52, is now facing a possible fifth charge that he was driving while intoxicated, when a Jeep he was driving went off County Road 150 and flipped about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol preliminary crash report. Additional charges include leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving and bypassing an ignition lock required as part of his chronic-offender status.

Pope suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital. He was arrested and released about an hour after the crash, the patrol said.

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