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Drunken Driver Crashes Into Marked Police Car And Then Tries To Drive Away

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 52-year-old St. Thomas man was arrested on drunken driving and related charges Saturday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Avon Thomas of Estate Tutu was arrested at 3:30 p.m. on Rhymer Highway and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), the VIPD said.

Thomas was arrested after he collided into a marked police unit and left the scene of the collision, according to police. He was stopped in the area of the Holy Family Church where he was unable to perform field sobriety tests as instructed.

Thomas was arrested and charged with DUI, negligent driving, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment.

Bail for Thomas was set at $500.00 by Order of the Court.
Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.
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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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