ASP: Man involved in fatal crash was huffing air duster - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

breaking

ASP: Man involved in fatal crash was huffing air duster

Joe Lee Brinkley (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Joe Lee Brinkley (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas State Police say a man involved in a head-on collision last month that claimed the life of a Greene County minister was huffing air duster at the time of the crash.

Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Wednesday to charge Joe Lee Brinkley, 52, of Monette with negligent homicide, driving while intoxicated-drugs, and second-degree battery.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on Aug. 22, Brinkley was southbound on Highway 49, just south of the Craighead County line, when his tow truck crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound Hyundai Elantra, driven by Thomas Hood.

Brinkley’s truck then traveled across the ditch and slammed into the Homeplace Furniture building.

Hood, who was a pastor at Clark's Chapel Baptist Church, died in the crash. His wife, Linda, was seriously injured.

Neither Brinkley nor his passenger was hurt, ASP said.

Investigators collected a sample of Brinkley’s blood and sent it to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.

Court documents stated Brinkley’s blood indicated the presence of difluoroethane, a common ingredient found in air duster.

 “The presence of difluoroethane corroborated witness statements that Joe Brinkley was huffing air duster while operating the vehicle and passed out as a result of huffing merely seconds before crossing the center line,” the affidavit stated.

Despite the state’s request that Brinkley be held on a $50,000 bond, Fowler set it at $15,000 cash/surety and ordered the man to appear in circuit court on Oct. 31.

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Family wants answers after son's ashes were stolen

    Family wants answers after son's ashes were stolen

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:49 AM EST2018-02-22 05:49:28 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:09 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Peevey family experienced the second loss of their beloved family member and late Jonesboro police officer as someone destroyed his niche and stole his ashes out of the Grace Memorial Garden. Now they are demanding the ashes be returned.

    The Peevey family experienced the second loss of their beloved family member and late Jonesboro police officer as someone destroyed his niche and stole his ashes out of the Grace Memorial Garden. Now they are demanding the ashes be returned.

  • City holds second discussion on bike/pedestrian trail

    City holds second discussion on bike/pedestrian trail

    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:52 PM EST2018-02-23 03:52:01 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:26 PM EST2018-02-23 04:26:07 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    The city of Jonesboro held its second public meeting about the proposed bike and pedestrian trail Thursday night.

    The city of Jonesboro held its second public meeting about the proposed bike and pedestrian trail Thursday night.

  • Two Jonesboro schools win first place in video contest

    Two Jonesboro schools win first place in video contest

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:10 PM EST2018-02-23 04:10:13 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:23 PM EST2018-02-23 04:23:26 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Education visited Jonesboro Kindergarten Center and Jonesboro High School to watch the winning videos and give the students their first place plaques.

    Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Education visited Jonesboro Kindergarten Center and Jonesboro High School to watch the winning videos and give the students their first place plaques.

Powered by Frankly