Affidavit: Negligent homicide suspect had blood alcohol content of .218

Published: Nov. 14, 2021 at 4:24 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2021 at 11:45 AM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Investigators say a Jonesboro man accused in a crash that left a woman dead had a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit.

Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Monday to charge 19-year-old Eli Joseph Campbell with negligent homicide-BAC of .10%.

The crash happened around 4:05 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the intersection of County Roads 910 and 905.

According to court documents, Campbell was eastbound on County Road 910 when his 2011 GMC pickup truck ran the stop sign and collided with a northbound 2011 Dodge passenger car driven by 26-year-old Savannah Fenley of Walnut Ridge.

Fenley, who had to be cut out of her car, died at the scene.

A passenger in Fenley’s Dodge, 27-year-old Kyle Bowles of Brookland, was thrown from the vehicle. An air ambulance flew him to Regional One Health Medical Center in Memphis with serious injuries.

Campbell suffered an injury near his left eye but told deputies “he was fine.”

According to the affidavit, deputies could “smell the odor of intoxicants coming from Campbell.”

When asked if he had been drinking, Campbell reportedly said he had but “not very much.”

The affidavit stated investigators found an empty bottle of Jack Daniel’s Honey in the driver’s side floorboard.

Deputies took Campbell to NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital where they got a warrant for a blood draw.

“The sample showed a reading of .218,” the affidavit stated. The legal limit in Arkansas is .08.

In addition to the negligent homicide charge, Fowler also found probable cause existed to charge Campbell with DWI and running a stop light, both misdemeanors.

Campbell is currently free on a $75,000 bond awaiting his first appearance in circuit court on Dec. 30.

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