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Drunk Driver Crashes into Fort Smith Home

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Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 at 7:32 pm    

A man is accused of drunk driving after crashing his vehicle into the side of a Fort Smith residence on November 30. The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. and no injuries of residents inside the house were reported. Fort Smith police officers responded to a call that a truck had crashed into a house and the driver was bleeding from the head. The driver later refused treatment or transport to the hospital.

The driver was identified as Derek Burks, who was previously arrested for drunk driving on Oct. 7, 2012. He was found guilty of those charges by the Fort Smith District Court. He was arrested after the crash on Monday night under suspicion of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

Witnesses say he drove his silver 2010 Dodge truck into a home on South 96th Street. He was on his way home from JJ’s Bar and Grill at the time of the accident, according to a statement he gave police. Officers immediately suspected that alcohol was a factor in the collision; when authorities asked him how much he had to drink, Burks responded, “Too much.” He failed multiple sobriety tests at the scene of the accident.

Driving while intoxicated can have serious consequences both for the drunk driver and other innocent bystanders. If you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, please contact the Fort Smith car accident attorneys at McCutchen Napurano - The Law Firm today. For more information about the legal services we provide, call our offices at (479) 783-0036.