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By A.J. Etherington
The Courier 

Drunk Driver Crashes with Family


February 5, 2020

A car accident in the morning hours of Feb. 1 was likely caused by an intoxicated driver, according to the Glasgow Police Department.

The crash, which occurred at about 6:30 a.m., involved a mid-2000s model sedan being driven by Jacoby Collins, of Glasgow. He was heading westbound on Highway 2 when he attempted to turn left onto Cherry Creek Rd in western Glasgow. An oncoming mid-size SUV in the eastbound lane, driven by a Glasgow woman, accompanied by her 13-year-old son, struck the right rear side of the sedan.

GPD said that the call for the accident came in that morning and they responded, along with Glasgow Fire and the FMDH ambulance service. According to officers, all of the parties were wearing their seatbelts, which was likely the reason no injuries—aside from a slightly banged knee—were reported. Both vehicles were disabled, however, and had to be towed from the scene. The eastbound SUV was likely traveling the posted speed limit of 45 mph at the time of the collision and debris from both vehicles had littered the road to such an extent that fire crews felt it necessary to clean the highway before clearing the scene.

After determining everything was safe and no one was injured, the responding GPD officer began investigating the crash and determined that Collins had a preliminary blood alcohol level above the legal limit. He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI. A blood draw was taken and sent to the Montana Crime Lab to confirm the preliminary breath test but will not be returned for a number of weeks.

The crash is the second suspected DUI accident of 2020 in Valley County following a head-on collision outside Nashua last month that is believed to have been caused by an intoxicated driver. This crash sent two to the hospital with life-altering injuries.


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