A Sherman man, who police say was possibly intoxicated, was flown to the hospital following a single-vehicle wreck Friday evening.
At about 7:02 p.m., Sherman Police responded to the 2400 block of South Heritage Parkway after a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into a metal telephone pole. Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said witnesses told police they were traveling southbound and slowed to turn onto Steeple Chase Drive.
As the vehicle slowed, Hampton said the occupants saw the Cobalt approaching fast from behind. At the last minute, the vehicle swerved to avoid a collision, and Hampton said it went off the roadway to the west side, hitting a pole across the street from Steeple Chase Drive.
The 26-year-old driver was pinned inside the vehicle, requiring Sherman Fire-Rescue personnel to extricate him. The man was transported by helicopter to Medical City Plano, and Hampton said his injuries included a broken jaw and bleeding in the brain. Police discovered evidence indicating the driver was possibly intoxicated.
“One of the witnesses smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle, and they said the person driving asked him to hand him his beer and get in the car so they could leave before police got there,” Hampton said.
Hampton said police located empty alcoholic beverage containers inside the vehicle that were cold to the touch. Because of the man’s injuries, he was not arrested, but Hampton said police expect to obtain a warrant for his blood toxicology taken during the man’s hospital stay. A report was filed that day for driving while intoxicated.