Freetown man arrested after striking utility pole while intoxicated


A 27-year-old Freetown man was arrested Wednesday in Seymour on four misdemeanor charges after striking a utility pole while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of a crash, police report.

Franklin Dryis Sessions faces preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor; resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; criminal recklessness, a Class B misdemeanor; and leaving the scene of a property damage crash, a Class A misdemeanor. The last charge stems from Sessions leaving the scene of another crash prior to striking the utility pole, according to a news release from Seymour Police Department Lt. C.J. Foster.

At about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Foster said Seymour dispatchers received a report of a possible personal injury crash in the area of Walnut Street and Park Drive. The wreck severed a utility pole.

Foster said when officers arrived on scene, they made contact with Sessions to make sure he was OK.

While speaking with Sessions, officers saw signs he was impaired, Foster said.

Officers attempted to move Sessions away from the vehicle for everyone’s safety due to low-hanging wires from the broken utility pole.

Foster said Sessions ignored commands and forcibly resisted officers as they attempted to escort him from the area. To gain control of Sessions, officers deployed a less lethal option by using a conducted energy device, which is commonly known as a Taser, Foster said.

Once Sessions was under control, emergency medical services personnel was called to the scene to make sure he was not in any distress, Foster said.

Sessions was then transported to the hospital, where a toxicology sample was taken after a Jackson Circuit Court search warrant had been obtained.

Sessions was then booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 2:15 a.m. Thursday and was being held on a $705 bond pending his initial hearing.

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