Off-Duty Officer Had Been Drinking, But Below OWI level before Hitting House with a Car

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

CLINTON CO. - An off-duty DeWitt Township police officer told a deputy that he had been drinking before he crashed the car he was driving into a house, but a breath test showed he was under the limit. A statement sent to News 10 by the Clinton County Sheriff's Office says Sgt. Jason Jones of the DeWitt Township police department told the investigating deputy that he hit the gas instead of the break, as he was driving through a curve at about 1:45AM Saturday, August 18. His car left the roadway and struck the garage of a home in the 3900 block of Norway Pine Drive in DeWitt.
"The driver of the vehicle, Jason Jones, admitted to drinking alcohol and at his request was administered a Preliminary Breath Test by DeWitt Township Police Officers prior to Sgt. Spitzley's [Clinton County Sheriff's Office investigating officer] arrival. The results of which were below the level required for Operating While Intoxicated," the statement reads.
The statement goes onto say that the investigating officer for the sheriff's department, Sgt. Dan Spitzley also concluded that Jones was not intoxicated.
A report will be submitted to the Clinton County Prosecutor's office for review.
The crash caused damage to the home's garage and yard. A woman was asleep inside the home at the time. No one was hurt.


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